Steel closures take their toll as Hartlepool jobless figures rise by 100+

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The number of people looking for work in Hartlepool has jumped by more than 100 in recent months, in the wake of steel industry closures.

The numbers claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid only to those classed as actively looking for work – was 1,971, up by 101 since August and the third successive monthly rise.

This is going to be a worrying time for more and more people in our region who are out of work this Christmas. The Northern Powerhouse means nothing if you’re one of the 112,000 unemployed people in the North East.

Beth Farhat

It comes after the closure of SSI in Redcar and Caparo in Hartlepool in October with the loss of around 2,300 jobs in total.

Department for Works and Pensions spokeswoman Jackie McNab said: “We have been hit by redundancies in the whole of the Teesside area, but when you look at the change over the year, it is actually quite static, which is a bit of a positive.

“What we are seeing from people who have been made redundant is that they are finding work quite quickly and we have seen a lot of employers coming to us actively looking to recruit.”

Across the region, the claimant count stands at 47,800 or 3.9%, compared to a national rate of 2.3%.

North East Chamber of Commerce policy adviser Paul Carbert said: “It seems the unfortunate news on job losses in Teesside earlier this year are reflected in these figures, despite the positive signs of increased recruitment we have picked up from our members across the region.

Northern TUC regional secretary Beth Farhat added: “This is going to be a worrying time for more and more people in our region who are out of work this Christmas.

“The Northern Powerhouse means nothing if you’re one of the 112,000 unemployed people in the North East.”