Sharp fall in city’s job­less sta­tis­tics

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.”

DO­NA­TION: Land­lords of the Rose and Crown Shawn Smith and Kim­ber­ley Smith (right) with Ali­son Toomey.

CRIT­I­CAL: Pru Ell­wood is still in the neu­ro­sciences crit­i­cal care unit at Ad­den­brooke’s Hos­pi­tal.

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