THE number of people looking for work in Hartlepool fell last month.
There were 2,268 people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid only to those classed as actively looking for a job – in March, a fall of 189 on February’s claimant count of 2,457.
“Workers have just been through the longest period of falling real wages since Queen Victoria was on the throne.”Beth Farhat
In Easington, the claimant count was down 54 to 1,607; in Sedgefield it fell by just 10 to 1,202 and in Stockton North it was 2,326, a fall of 85.
Across the North East, the number of claimants is down 3,000 year-on-year to 47,800.
North East Chamber of Commerce policy and research manager Mark Stephenson said: “Yet again the North East jobs figures provide much to be positive about, albeit the pace of improvement seems to have eased.
“Our most recent Quarterly Economic Survey figures showed an easing of employer confidence with particular relation to hiring intentions.
“The national jobs figures have continued to make significant progress after something of a lull in recent months. This begs the question of whether the prospect of a general election is having the same impact in all areas of the country.”
TUC North East regional secretary Beth Farhat said: “Workers have just been through the longest period of falling real wages since Queen Victoria was on the throne.”