Unemployment figures falling in Hartlepool

Unemployment levels in Hartlepool are falling.
Unemployment levels in Hartlepool are falling.

Unemployment levels in Hartlepool have fallen over the last year – with more than 700 people getting back into work.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 743 less people claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in October this year than the same month last year.

The Care Sector is an area in Hartlepool with a large amount of vacancies and we are actively promoting the various opportunities in this field, increasing awareness of this rewarding career and changing people’s perception of working in the sector.

Cath Robson, Department for Work and Pensions

Last month, 1,905 people in the town claimed JSA, 3.3% of the working age population, while in October 2014, 2,648 (4.6%) people were claiming.

The town has a higher than average number of claimants compared to the North East’s 2.6% and Great Britain’s 1.6%.

The figures have also fallen in the Sedgefield constituency, with 1,132 people (2.2%) claiming JSA last month, compared to 1,425 (2.7%) in October last year.

Stockton North constituency had 2,556 (4.4%) were claiming JSA in October last year, but the figure fell to 2,121 (3.6%) last month.

There was also a big difference in the Easington constituency where in October last year, 1,794 people (3.4%) were claiming, but this October saw just 1,299 people (2.5%) claim.

Cath Robson, from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said there are vacancies in the care sector.

She said: “The claimant count is continuing to decrease year on year and the employment rate is increasing in Hartlepool.

“To bring the level of decrease and increase in line with the national rates, the Government is creating the Northern Powerhouse to end the decades old gap between the North and South and is investing in infrastructure, skills and job creation.

“Locally DWP is working very closely with Hartlepool Local Authority and the local LEP, particularly on the Youth Employment Initiative to increase the skills and employability levels of 18 to 24 years old and NEETS (people not in employment, education and training).

“We are jointly working with all new employers in the area to increase the recruitment of local residents.

“We are also promoting the benefits of people undertaking apprenticeships as these will give people the skills and qualifications needed to build and progress in a long-term career. The Care Sector is an area in Hartlepool with a large amount of vacancies and we are actively promoting the various opportunities in this field, increasing awareness of this rewarding career and changing people’s perception of working in the sector.”