City jobless total drops
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.”