Slight drop in number claiming out-of-work benefits in North East Lincolnshire
THE number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in North East Lincolnshire has fallen slightly for the third month running.
Official figures show that the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has dropped from 6,797 in April to 6,774 last month – meaning 23 fewer people are claiming unemployment benefit.
The number of young people aged between 18 and 24 claiming JSA has also fallen from 2,075 in April to 1,995 in May – resulting in 80 fewer young people claiming out of work benefits.
However, despite the 0.3 per cent drop in people claiming JSA, it still means that 6.8 per cent of the working age population in North East Lincolnshire are claiming unemployment benefit.
This compares to the national average of 3.9 per cent.
According to the figures, 13.1 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds in North East Lincolnshire are claiming JSA, compared to the national average of 7.5 per cent.
But despite the small drop, Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell said: “I do not think these figures are a symptom of recovery. Still the Government is not spending any money in order to secure growth in the economy which is desperately needed.”