South Holland jobless figures show 12 per cent fall

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A fall in the number of people out of work and claiming benefits paints a “positive picture” for the area, according to a Government spokesman.

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) showed a drop of 12.2 per cent in people out of work and claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) during January 2016, compared to 12 months earlier.

There were 628 “registered clients with Spalding Jobcentre Plus last month, in contrast to January 2015 when there were 715, a fall of 87.

Meanwhile, Boston and areas such as Frampton, Kirton, Sutterton and Swineshead saw a 16.5 per cent drop in January 2016 compared to 12 months earlier, while South Kesteven (including Bourne and the Deepings) had a 5.7 per cent fall against the January 2015 level.

A DWP spokesman said: “There’s a positive picture across the town of Spalding and South Holland, with more people back in both full-time and part-time work, along with an increase in self-employment numbers.

“There was a slight increase in the number of JSA claimants between December 2015 and January 2016 which normally happens because of seasonality factors when retailers employ temporary staff at Christmas.

There’s a positive picture across the town of Spalding and South Holland, with more people back in both full-time and part-time work and an increase in the number of self-employed

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesman

“But the forecast for March and April is for claimant levels to reduce again.”

Meanwhile, the jobless total across Lincolnshire fell by 13.3 per cent last month compared to the level 12 months before, while nationally there was a fall of just over four per cent.

Jobless trend is still downwards