THE jobless rate in South Tyneside has fallen to its lowest rate for more than two years, latest figures have revealed.
A total of 5,910 people in the borough claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in October, compared with 6,062 in September.
This is the lowest claimant count since May 2011, representing 6.2 per cent of the working age population.
Youth unemployment has also fallen, with the JSA count for people aged 18 to 24 down from 1,800 to 1,730, which represents the lowest figure since November 2010.
Coun Michael Clare, lead member for regeneration and economy with South Tyneside Council, said: “It’s encouraging to see the continued reduction in overall unemployment and youth unemployment figures in the borough, which are at their lowest level for the past two and three years, respectively.
“We hope this downward trend continues over the coming months, especially with seasonal vacancies coming into play around this time of the year.
“The figures show that South Tyneside is moving in the right direction, both economically and in creating employment opportunities.”
Employment in the North East currently stands at 1,168,000, a rise of 7,000 over the quarter, but a fall of 8,000 over the year.