Town jobless figures down

THERE were seven less people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Hartlepool last month, new Government figures have revealed.

There were 4,671 people claiming the benefit in March, which is eight per cent of the working population, compared to 4,678 the month before.

But both figures are the still the highest number of town people out-of-work recorded for available statistics going back to January 2006.

The figure shows an increase of 402 from this time last year and places Hartlepool second highest in the region for joblessness, behind Middlesbrough, which has 7,621 claimants and stands at 8.1 per cent of people.

The town is fourth in the national table, behind Kingston-upon-Hull, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton.

In Easington, there were 3,770 claimants, or 6.2 per cent of the population, up 17 from 3,753.

But in Sedgefield, the figure has fallen for the second month in a row, from 3,037 in January to 2,999 in March, which represents 5.5 per cent of the population.

In the Stockton North constituency, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, the figure has decreased from 4,270 to 4,242, or 7.1 per cent.