Town jobless benefit figures rise

THE number of jobless benefits claimants in Hartlepool has risen.

The latest Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant figures from the Government show a rise in Harlepool in November to 4,728, compared to 4,694 in October.

Figures for the Easington constituency show a rise from 3,444 in October to 3,463 in November.

In the Sedgefield constituency there was a rise from 2,627 in October to 2,643 in November.

In the Stockton North constituency, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, there was a fall from 4,194 in October to 4,162 in November.

• See reaction in Thursday’s Mail.