Job Seeker’s Allowance count falls to 2005 levels

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in East Lindsey fell to its lowest level for almost 10 years last month.

That is according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Wednesday.

Each month, the ONS publishes data on the number of people claiming JSA.

In May, in East Lindsey, this figure fell by 128 from 1,478 in April to 1,350.

This is the lowest the claimant count has been since September 2005, when it stood at 1,288.

In the last 22 years, which is as far back as data is immediately available, the count has never dropped below 1,072 (in July, 2004).

East Lindsey’s claimant count is heavily influenced by the seasonal nature of its tourism industry.

However, year-on-year, last month’s figure also fares well. From May 2014 to May 2015, the count dropped by 760 – a 36 per cent drop.

Becky Newborough is the senior operations leader in Lincolnshire and Rutland for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who jointly oversees nine Jobcentres in Lincolnshire.

She spoke of a ‘buoyant labour market’ with ‘confidence in the economy’, saying record numbers of vacancies are being advertised through the DWP’s Universal Jobmatch jobs and skills search.

She said: “Lincolnshire-wide, all Jobcentres have seen a decrease and all local authorities have seen decreases.”

Mrs Newborough said efforts were being made in East Lindsey to reduce the impact of seasonal trade.

She said: “We are working more with our clients out of season to try to secure them employment in the off-season.”

Last month’s fall took the proportion of people in East Lindsey claiming JSA to 1.7 per cent, down from 1.9 per cent.

This compares to regional and national averages of 1.7 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively, both of which fell by 0.1 per cent in the same time period.