Number of jobless at lowest in almost four years in Hartlepool

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THE number of people out of work and claiming jobseekers’ allowance in Hartlepool is at its lowest for almost four years.

Figures released today show that 3,817 people claimed the benefit last month, a drop from 3,961 the previous month.

And the figures also highlight that the number of claimants is the lowest it has been since May 2010.

Despite the drop, more than six per cent of residents in Hartlepool are still out of work, higher than the regional average and more than double the national average.

The number of people claiming the benefit in East Durham also fell in February to 2,484, a drop of 103 people from the previous month.

The Stockton North constituencey, which includes Wolvison and Billingham, had 3,446 jobseekers last month, lower than the 3,583 claimants in January.

And the number of claimts in Sedgegield also fell last month from 2,0006 to 1,986.