Unemployment figure drops for first time in five months
THE number of people claiming unemployment benefit in North East Lincolnshire has dropped for the first time in five months, the Grimsby Telegraph can reveal.
Official Government figures show that the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in North East Lincolnshire dipped from 7,115 in February to 7,002 last month – meaning 113 people left the ranks of the unemployed.
It means that 7.1 per cent of the working age population in North East Lincolnshire are unemployed, compared to the national average of 4.1 per cent.
The drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance is the first since October.
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According to the figures, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming out of work benefits has dropped by 20 from 2,220 in February to 2,200 in March.
It means that 14.5 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds in North East Lincolnshire are currently unemployed, compared to the national average of 8.3 per cent. Welcoming news of the drop in unemployment, Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers said: "We won't know for some months whether this is the start of a positive new trend.
"The world's economy is still extremely difficult, but clearly this is a boost for local people who have managed to find work and is an encouraging sign for the future."
Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell was less optimistic.
"I don't think this small reduction in the claimant count reflects the true situation," he said.
"There are a number of people who have simply given up claiming or whose claims have run out.
"The real problem is the number of young people who are out of work, which will come at a huge social cost, so I don't really take any cheer from these figures and won't until we see a substantial and sustained fall in unemployment and real support and investment being given to North East Lincolnshire."
Nationally, unemployment has registered its first fall since last spring, according to the figures.
Unemployment fell by 35,000 to 2.65 million over the December-to-February period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
However, the claimant count rose by 3,600 in March to 1.61 million.
That is the highest total since October 2009, according to the ONS.
Responding to the latest figures, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "While any rise in the number of jobs is welcome, the fact is that full-time employment is still falling and a record 1.4 million are now stuck in involuntary part-time work.
But Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "One of the things we are seeing is more people coming back into the workplace.
"Some of those moving into part-time work we know are women who have either got children and are coming back into part-time work because they are at school, or who are older and the children are grown-up and are coming back into part-time jobs.
"There are more of those in the workforce today than there were a few months ago."
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