Number of jobseekers in Hartlepool and East Durham continues to drop

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THE number of Hartlepool people out of work is continuing to drop, according to the latest jobless figures.

There were 3,250 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in May, which is 5.6 per cent of the working population.

The figure has dropped by 172, from 3,422 in April.

Of the town total, there were 800 young people aged 18 to 24 claiming the benefit, 1,880 people aged 25 to 49 and 560 people aged 50 to 64.

In the Easington constituency, there were 2,163 JSA claimants, which is 4.1 per cent of the area’s working population and a drop of 85 from the previous month.

In Sedgefield there were 1,656 people claiming the benefit in May, which is 3.2 per cent of that area’s working population and a drop of 92 from April.

In the Stockton North constituency, which covers Billingham and Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, 3,046 people claimed the benefit, which represents 5.2 per cent of the working population and is down by 114.