Al­lowance claimants on the rise

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

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.

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