Jobseeker’s Allowance count climbs, but falls year on year

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in East Lindsey rose sharply last month in line with seasonal trends.

This is according to data released today (December 17) by the Office for National Statistics.

The district’s claimant count rose to 1,942 in November, up from 1,663 in the previous month.

The figure typically rises as the summers ends, but is currently tracking far lower than in previous years.

In November 2013, it stood at 2,611, while in November 2012 it was 2,974 - more than 1,000 more.

The rise took the proportion of people of a working age claiming JSA in the district to 2.5 per cent, up from 2.1 per cent.

This compares to regional and national averages of 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively, both of which fell by 0.1 per cent last month.