FEWER people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Hartlepool during February, new figures show.
Latest statistics just released show 4,793 town people were claiming during the month which was 8.2 per cent of the town’s adult population.
But the figures were lower than those for January when 4,841 people in town were out of work, 8.3 per cent of the town’s adults.
That’s still higher than the jobless rate for the region of 5.7 per cent or the national average of 3.9 per cent.
The February JSA claimant level in town, though, still remains the second highest of any month in the last seven years.
However, in Easington district, the figures went up with ten more people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in February. The figures rose from 3,999 claimants in January to 4,009 in February which is 5.7 per cent of the adult population.
Figures for the Stockton North area, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, shows numbers fell slightly in February. The JSA count was 4,293 in January, with five less claiming the allowance in February at 4,288 people, or 7.2 per cent of the adult population.
And in the Sedgefield area, there was a 0.1 per cent reduction in the number of JSA claimants.
Figures show 2,666 people, or 5.1 per cent of the adult population, were claiming in February compared to 2,695 in January.
BUY Thursday’s Mail for full local reaction.