Jobseeker’s Allowance count at lowest since summer 2008

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) fell to its lowest level in six years last month, figures released this morning (Wednesday) show.

The district’s count dropped to 1,559 in August, down from 1,745 in the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figure typically falls during the spring and summer, but 12 months ago the count stood at 2,156 - almost 600 higher.

It is the lowest the figure has been since August 2008, when it was 1,529.

The fall took the proportion of people of a working age in the district claiming JSA to 2.0 per cent, down from 2.2 per cent in the previous month.

This compares to regional and national averages of 2.2 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively, both of which fell by 0.1 per cent.