Town jobless figures fall

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JOBLESS benefit claimants have fallen by up to 2.7 per cent in the Hartlepool Mail area in the last month.

The number of unemployed people in the constituencies of Hartlepool, east Durham, Stockton North, which includes Billingham and Wolviston, and Sedgefield have all tumbled, suggesting more people have managed to find work.

The statistics are good news for the area and Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond agreed before warning that the economic crisis is far from over.

He said: “It’s always encouraging to see the job figures going in the right direction, but I wouldn’t get carried away with it at the minute because the situation is still pretty dire.

“We are certainly not over the worst nationally with regards to the economic crisis.

“Saying that, people should keep plugging away to get jobs.”

Hartlepool saw a 0.8 per cent fall in people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance with 4,109 in May and 4,076 last month.

That means that out of the working population of the town, seven per cent are claiming unemployment benefits – in comparison to 7.1 per cent in May.

Easington was revealed to be the area with the biggest slice of success, with a 2.7 per cent fall in job-hunters.

Last month, 2,672 people were left in the dole queue, compared to 2,702 in May, but that leaves 4.9 per cent of its population still without work.

Just four per cent of all those eligible to work in the Sedgefield constituency are claiming, with records showing that there are currently 2,088 jobless people, compared to 2,095 last month – a 0.3 per cent fall.

Stockton North residents have matched Hartlepool with a 0.8 per cent fall in people looking for work.

In May there were 3,785 jobseekers. But by June 34 claimants had signed off, leaving 3,751 still on the books – 6.3 per cent of the area’s population.

Across the North-East there was 123,000 people unemployed, down by 7,000 and standing at 9.8 per cent of the population.