Sharp fall in city’s jobless statistics
UNEMPLOYMENT in Peterborough fell during November by its largest margin in more than a year.
This is according to new figures released by the Government’s Office for National Statistics.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell last month, bucking the national trend, by 161 to 5,182.
The last time the claimant number took such a tumble was during October of last year, when it dropped by 192.
It has taken Peterborough’s unemployment rate down to 4.6 per cent, the lowest it has been since May of this year. It remains adrift, however, of the national average of 3.8 per cent.
MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson said the claimant count in his constituency remained too high, but was “delighted” with the fall.
In the past two years, the figures has dropped sharply in October or November, only to rise in the new year, suggesting claimants were picking up seasonal jobs.
Mr Jackson said even if the work is short-term it may reap a long-term benefit for the city.
He said: “For people who have been out of work for a little while even getting a job at Christmas gives them the self-confidence and good employment skills to get in to work long-term.”
Chairman of Peterborough’s Chamber of Commence Iain Crighton agreed the city was moving in “right direction” and believed the fall was due to more than just seasonal work.
He said: “We do have some very successful businesses that are continuing to expand and grow.”
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