Number of people receiving jobseekers’ benefit falls again in Hartlepool

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THE number of people looking for work in Hartlepool fell again last month.

There were 2,147 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid to those classed as actively looking for a job – in the constituency in April.

There is yet another big fall in the number of people out of work in the North East and we can see a major improvement on the position 12 months ago.

Jonathan Walker, Head of Policy and Campaigns with the North East Chamber of Commerce

That represents a fall of 121 on March’s figure of 2,268 and a drop of 1,275 year-on-year.

In Sedgefield, the count fell by 39 in April, from 1,202 to 1,163, and 585 year-on-year. Stockton North saw the number fall 117 last month, from 2,326 to 2,209, and 961 over the last 12 months, while in Easington, the count was down 29, from 1,607 in March to 1,578, and dropped 670 over the year.

There is still a long way to go, however – the unemployment rate in the North East stands at 7.5 per cent, compared to a national average of 5.6 per cent.

Jonathan Walker, head of policy and campaigns with the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “The labour figures show some great news on the unemployment front,” he said.

“There is yet another big fall in the number of people out of work in the North East, and we can see a major improvement on the position 12 months ago.

“Our region also continues to improve at a faster rate than the rest of the UK. The national figures continue to head in the right direction.”