Allowance claimants on the rise
THE amount of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Bucks rose in August for the first time in six months.
The county’s claimant count rose for the first time in six months in August to stand at 2,745, its highest level since April. Despite this rise, August’s claimant count stands at its seventh lowest since comparable records began in 1982.
However, August’s increase raised the claimant count rate to 0.9 per cent of working residents, giving Buckinghamshire the 10th lowest rate among county council areas and the 6th lowest rate among Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Although the claimant count rose in August, it has fallen by 18.3 per cent over the year. However, Bucks rate of improvement has now fallen well behind the national rate.
Year on year falls have been recorded in Buckinghamshire for 38 successive months since July 2012, including 19 successive months from December 2013 to June 2015 when the claimant count fell by more than a quarter.
In August, Bucks’ rate of improvement was the weakest among the 39 LEPs and second weakest among the 27 county council areas, ahead of Devon.
Over the past year the claimant count fell for eight of the nine major occupational groups, led by a fall of more than half among those looking for work in professional occupations.
However, the claimant count rose by 2.4 per cent for claimants looking for work in sales occupations, including a rise of 6.1 per cent in those looking for work as sales and retail assistants.