THE dole queue in South Tyneside has again been slashed, latest figures revealed today.
A total of 6,292 people in the borough were in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the borough in August.
The figure represents a fall of 213 on the previous month and means the borough’s jobless total has fallen every month this year.
Broken down by gender, the overall count represented 4,062 men and 2,230 women.
But the figures also show the rate of joblessness remains high in the borough, at 6.6 per cent of the working age population, compared with 4.9 per cent for the North East.
The jobless total among local jobseekers aged 18 to 24 was 1,865, a fall of 370 since January this year.
The latest figures were warmly welcomed by Coun Michael Clare, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council.
He said: “The figures are extremely encouraging and will hopefully set a trend for the borough going forward.”
Nationally, the JSA claimant count is at its lowest level since February 2009, with the UK unemployment rate falling from 7.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent from May to June.
The national jobless total fell 24,000 to 2.487 million.