Fall in the numbers claiming workless benefits in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:13 PM

The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance fell 22pc year-on-year across Norfolk in December and 25pc in Waveney, figures today have revealed, as nationally the number of workless moved within touching distance of the figure used to decide whether interest rates will increase.

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Fenland, East Cambridgshire and Norwich saw the biggest year on year fall in job benefit claimants at 31pc, 27pc and 26pc respectively, with the slowest fall in West Norfolk, where it was 16pc.

In Norfolk 13,656 people were claiming job seekers allowance last month.

Unemployment figures in full

Nationally the number of jobless people plunged by 167,000 in the quarter to November - the second biggest fall on record - to 2.32 million, the lowest for almost five years.

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee (MPC) has said it will not lift interest rates above their historically-low level of 0.5% until the unemployment rate drops to 7%.

Analysts had not expected the threshold to be reached until later in the year, although the Bank has stressed a figure of 7% will not automatically trigger an interest rate rise.

The new unemployment rate of 7.1% is down by 0.5% from June-August, and by 0.6% from a year earlier.

The quarterly fall of 167,000 is the biggest since the autumn of 1997 and the second largest since records began in 1971.

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in December fell by 24,000 to 1.25 million, the lowest figure for almost five years.

The so-called claimant count has now fallen for 14 months in a row.

Meanwhile, the number of people in work has reached a record high of just over 30 million, giving an employment rate of 72.1%, an increase of 0.5% over the quarter to November.

An additional 280,000 people were in employment over the latest quarter compared to the three months to August, and up by 450,000 from a year earlier.

There was a fall in the number of people working part-time because they could not find full-time jobs - down by 12,000 to 1.4 million.

Economic inactivity - counting those who are looking after a relative, on long-term sick leave or who have given up looking for work - fell by 22,000 to just under nine million.

Average earnings increased by 0.9% in the year to November, unchanged from the previous month, giving a weekly wage of £475, today’s report from the Office for National Statistics showed.

Long-term unemployment has fallen - down by 61,000 to 839,000 among those out of work for over a year.

The number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds fell by 39,000 to 920,000.

3 comments

  • represents a false sense of good statistics bearing in mind that a large number of single people are on zero hrs contract which gives 12 -14 hrs @ min wage just below Jsa but not worth the hassle of sighing on by spending.00 travel cost to receive £2.50 benefit to be told to look at the universal jobs match page every day which advertises jobs but gives no way to apply

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    k day

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • v - on the other hand you have a load of people who have been moved from the disability register to the unemployment register. I know because I attended a course with over 20 of them. Interestingly all but two drove their own cars to the course.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • How many have been put on training courses (off the unemployment regiseter), forced off unemployment benefit and on to other benefits (off the unemployment register), and not even signing on (off the unemployment register) ?. All these figures need to be applied before we can get a true picture.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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