Jobseeker’s Allowance number stays same for June and July in Hartlepool

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The number of people in Hartlepool claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has stayed the same in July as it was in June.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that 1,970 people in the town claimed the benefit in July, exactly the same number as in June.

The UK unemployment rate, for the three months ending in June, was highest in the North East at 8.1 per cent and lowest in the South West at 4.4 per cent.