THERE were 101 less Hartlepool people claiming jobless benefits in July compared to the previous month, according to latest figures.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Hartlepool dropped from 4,353 to 4,252.
This is 7.3 per cent of the town’s working age population.
In the former Easington district, 3,125 people claimed the benefit, slightly down from 3,159 in June, which is 5.9 per cent of the area’s working population.
In the Stockton North constituency area, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, the jobless figure was down from 3,905 to 3,810.
This accounts for 6.4 per cent of the working age population.
In Sedgefield, there were 2,251 claimaints, which is 4.3 per cent of the working age population, and a decrease from 2,307 claimants in June.
The national claimant count fell by 29,200 in July – the ninth consecutive monthly drop – to 1.4 million, the lowest since February 2009.
Total unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 4,000 in the quarter to June to 2.5 million.
But youth unemployment, among 16 to 24-year-olds, increased by 15,000 to reach 973,000, while the number of people out of work for more than two years rose by 10,000 to 474,000, the highest since 1997.
For a full report and reaction see Thursday’s Hartlepool Mail.