Jobseeker’s Allowance count falls after series of monthly of rises


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in East Lindsey fell last month, bringing to an end a series of monthly rises.

The district’s claimant count dropped to 2,165 in February according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning (March 18).

The figure has been climbing month-on-month since September, in line with seasonal trends, reaching 2,258 in January.

Perhaps more telling than the month-on-month comparison is the year-on-year comparison, with this year’s figure for February being far lower than last year’s tally of 3,005.

The proportion of people of a working age claiming JSA in the district now stands at 2.8 per cent, down from 2.9 per cent on the previous month.

This compares to regional and national averages of 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively, both of which did not change during February.