NE’s mixed pic­ture on job­less­ness fig­ures

Sunderland Echo - - News -

The num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing out of work ben­e­fits in Sun­der­land has in­creased, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures.

Sta­tis­tics show that 5,710 peo­ple were in receipt of Job­seeker’s Al­lowance and un­em­ploy­ment Univer­sal Credit in Au­gust, up from 5,610 in July. The fig­ure in June stood at 5,785.

In the North East, the num­ber of un­em­ployed stood at 77,000, up 8,000 on the pre­vi­ous quar­ter but down 20,000 year-on-year.

Jackie Alder­son, from Sun­der­land JobCen­tre, said: “It is good news in the North East.

“The num­ber of peo­ple in work is 1.2mil­lion, which is close to a record high.

“There has been a slight dip in the last quar­ter, but we tend not to look at quar­terly fig­ures so much be­cause of sea­sonal fluc­tu­a­tions.

“We are def­i­nitely pleased with where we are com­pared to last year.

“Wewil­l­be­launchin­gaTwit­ter cam­paign and any­body look­ing for re­tail jobs will be able to fol­low #bags­fullofjobs.”

Paul Car­bert, pol­icy ad­viser, North East Eng­land Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “Al­though the re­sults are not as pos­i­tive as pre­vi­ous months, we are still in a much bet­ter place than a year ago.”

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