Unemployment figures falling in South Tyneside

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Unemployment levels are falling in South Tyneside – with more than 500 people getting back into work.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell to 3,893 – 4.1% of the working age population – in October from 4,435 (4.7%) in the same month last year.

This is big news for the North East, while we are hearing a lot about redundancies and business closures, our unemployment rate is continuing to fall while our employment rate is rising.

Jacqui Alderson, Department for Work and Pensions

However, the borough is far above the regional and national figures. In October, 2.6% of the North East’s working age population claimed JSA, while 1.6% of people in Great Britain did.

October also saw a slight increase in claimants from the previous month.

In September, 3,853 people claimed JSA, 40 less than the following month.

Jacqui Alderson, from the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Locally we have seen an increase, our employment figure currently stands at 1.16 million, a rise of 1,000 compared to this time last year, and a rise of 2,000 in the last quarter. Whilst not quite matching the national standards, we are heading in the right direction.

“Unemployment in our region has also continued to drop, falling by 9,000 compared to this time last year and currently standing at 109,000.

“This is big news for the North East. While we are hearing a lot about redundancies and business closures, our unemployment rate is continuing to fall while our employment rate is rising.

“This shows that the support being given to those out of work is the right support and Jobcentre Plus are continuing to offer a tailored package of support to each individual’s circumstances.”