County’s unemployed total down to 3,360
THE number of unemployed people in Bucks fell by 114 to 3,360 in August.
Business group Bucks Business First said the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Buckinghamshire fell to 1.1 per cent of working age people.
B u c k i n g h a ms h i r e ’s claimant count rate is the seventh lowest among the 27 county council areas.
In the past year, B u c k i n g h a m s h i r e ’s claimant count has fallen by 36.4 per cent, compared to 30.8 per cent across the country as a whole.
Head of research Rupert Waters said: “The claimant count is now just five above the level recorded in August 2008, although the similarity of the total, masks marked changes in composition, with women and those looking for work in sales seeing rises in claimants as the number of men and those looking for work as managers, professionals and associate professionals has fallen.”
The number of claimants aged 18 to 24 in Buckinghamshire fell to 715, with 160 having been claiming for more than six months.
Nationally, employment rose to a new high of 30.6 million, while at 73 per cent the working age employment rate is the third highest since records began in 1971.