Fall in jobless claimant count

The number of people receiving out of work benefits in Hartlepool has dropped slightly over the last year.

Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 05:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 06:05 am
File photo dated 16/09/14 of the entrance to a Jobcentre Plus near Westferry in East London. Record numbers of people are in work, while the UK's jobless rate has fallen below 4% for the first time since 1975, new figures show.

The number classed as actively seeking employment - and receiving Jobseekers’ Allowance or Universal Credit - in the town fell by 200 between May 2018 and this year, from 4,000 to 3,800.

In the Easington constituency, the total rose by 250 to 2,850 while it was also up by 410 in Sedgefield, to 1,960, and by 590 in Stockton North to 2,895.

Across the North East, 1,200,000 people – or 70.7% - are in work, down 20,000 over the quarter and 26,000 over the year, while unemployment is 72,000, an increase of 7,000 over the quarter and 13,000 over the year.

Dawn Rodgers. of Hartlepool JobCentre, said styaff were working hard to help people into employment

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“We invited Jobcentre customers and 11 charitable organisations to an event at the Grand Hotel to promote volunteering. The event was very well received, with over 100 customers attending,” she said.

“On June 19, we will be hosting an event to promote jobs in the Care sector.

“As well as six local care sector employers, our customers will have the opportunity to meet with organisations providing additional support to help people wanting to work in the care sector.”

North East England Chamber of Commerce Policy Adviser Paul Carbert said: “The labour market statistics published this morning are disappointing for the North East.”