THE number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Hartlepool is at it a five-year low.
There were 3,566 people claiming the benefit in March, according to latest figures.
The last time the town statistic was as low was in February 2009, when the number was 3,545.
The 3,566 figure is down from 3,817 the previous month and 6.1 per cent of the town’s working population.
The number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants in the Easington constituency, which includes Peterlee, was 2,355.
This is the lowest in East Durham since December 2008, when the number out of work was 2,124.
It is down from 2,484 in February and 4.4 per cent of the working population.
In the Stockton North constituency, which includes Billingham, Wynyard and Wolviston, there were 3,323 people claiming the benefit.
This is the lowest since January 2009, when there were 3,213 constituents receiving JSA.
The 3,323 figure is down from 3,468 in February and 5.5 per cent of the working population.
In the Sedgefield constituency, there were 1,873 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance, which is 3.6 per cent of the working population.
The number is the lowest since September 2010, when there were 1,864 claimants, and down from 1,986 in February.
It is a similar picture nationally, with the number of people out of work in the UK down by 77,000 to a five-year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February.