NE’s mixed picture on joblessness figures
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.
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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.”