City job­less to­tal drops

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice - By TARA DUN­DON

PETER­BOR­OUGH is con­tin­u­ing to buck the na­tional job­less trend with the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple in the city fall­ing for the fourth month in a row.

The lat­est fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics yes­ter­day re­vealed that the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing Job­seek­ers’ Al­lowance in Peter­bor­ough fell to 5,362 in May, down 142 from April.

This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive month that the fig­ures have fallen since Fe­bru­ary when the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple was 5,822 – it’s high­est since Au­gust 1996.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce, John Bridge, said: “This is con­tin­u­ing pos­i­tive news which re­ally shows Peter­bor­ough is well placed to help lead the coun­try out of the re­ces­sion.

“How­ever, there is clearly go­ing to be sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in pub­lic spend­ing which could lead to fewer jobs be­com­ing avail­able in the pub­lic sec­tor. There­fore we have to en­sure our pri­vate sec­tor is able to con­tinue to pro­vide jobs to coun­ter­act the off­set.”

The news comes af­ter The Evening Tele­graph re­vealed last month that on­line re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon has 1,400 pack­ag­ing jobs up for grabs at its site in Kingston Park.

In­sur­ers RSA also an­nounced 230 jobs for their of­fices at Peter­bor­ough Busi­ness Park.

How­ever, the Govern­ment fig­ures show that 5.3 per cent of the city’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion are claim­ing Job­seek­ers’ Al­lowance mak­ing the city higher than both the re­gional av­er­age of 3.2 per cent and the na­tional av­er­age of 3.9 per cent.

The fig­ures also re­veal that among the un­em­ployed, 3,822 are male and 1,540 are fe­male.

The ma­jor­ity (3,065) fall into the 25 to 49 age group and 3,130 of the peo­ple have been out of work for up to six months.

But al­though the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing Job­seeker’s Al­lowance has gone down this month, the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions say there are nearly five mil­lion peo­ple claim­ing one of the main out of work ben­e­fits.

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment Chris Grayling said: “The fig­ures demon­strate why our planned Work Pro­gramme is so im­por­tant.

“With nearly five mil­lion peo­ple on out of work ben­e­fits and record num­bers of peo­ple who are eco­nom­i­cally in­ac­tive, we have to make sure that as the econ­omy grows and jobs are cre­ated in the next few years that we learn from the mis­takes of the past, and en­sure that we pro­vide real help and sup­port for peo­ple on ben­e­fits so they can take ad­van­tage of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and make the move into work.”

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