Jobless figures fall

The Hartlepool Job Centre Plus building. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

The Hartlepool Job Centre Plus building. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

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THE number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen in Hartlepool for the seventh month in a row.

But Hartlepool has the third highest rate in England for the number of jobseekers for each Jobcentre vacancy, with an average of 15.7 people chasing each of the 283 jobs available.

Government figures for August show that 4,456 people in the town claimed the benefit compared to 4,472 in July.

The fall in claimant started in February meaning that January was the only month this year to have seen a rise in jobless figures.

It means that Hartlepool has 7.7 per cent of the working age population claiming the benefit, leaving the town with the fifth highest percentage of claimants in the country.

Figures for the Easington constituency rose from 3,293 in July to 3,307 in August, meaning 6.2 per cent of woprking age people are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Sedgefield conswtituency stood at 2,629 in August, up from 2,600 in the previous month. It means that five per cent of working age people claim the benefit.

In the Stockton North constituency, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, there was also a rise from 4,141 in July to 4,203 in August. The area has seven per cent of working age population claiming the benefit.