About 600 more people, including an extra 70 in South Holland, are registered jobless than was the case 12 months ago, according to the latest figures.
Information from the Office for National Statistics, an independent body that prepares data on behalf of the Government, showed that 660 people in South Holland were claiming unemployment benefits in January, 70 more than a year ago.
Across society, everyone has the opportunity to get a good job and get on in life as people across the country are accessing new opportunities which is an incredible achivementEmployment Minister Alok Sharma
Across Lincolnshire, the number of benefit claimants went up by 605 to 8,100, a rise of just over eight per cent on January 2017’s figures.
Meanwhile, the number 18 to 24-year-olds actively seeking work in South Holland rose by 20 over the same period to 170 in January 2018, while across Lincolnshire there was an increase of 85 for the same group.
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said: “Context-wise, there might be a couple of factors behind the year-on-year rise in Lincolnshire.
“One is statistical whereby the claimant count represents more Universal Credit recipients which makes the traditional unemployment figures a little bit redundant because the new benefit contains a number of elements, such as Housing Benefit, Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
“Over the coming year, we will start to get more Universal Credit data together and, in Lincolnshire, we will look to talk about the labour market situation more in terms of employment rates.
“But the rise in claimants is not massive, in the greater scheme of things, and compared to the wider East Midlands as a whole, (where the jobless figures rose from 43,395 in January 2017 to 48,520 last month), Lincolnshire is a stronger region.
“There may also be a hangover from December which is when a number of new claimants finished their seasonal working contracts.
“If there were more people retained by businesses, we may not have seen so much of a jump.”
Despite the jobless increase, and with the overall employment rate at just over 75 per cent, Employment Minister Alok Sharma MP said: “Across society, everyone has the opportunity to get a good job and get on in life as people across the country are accessing new opportunities which is an incredible achivement.”
Meanwhile, Spalding Jobcentre will be relocating from its current base in Westlode Street to South Holland District Council’s offices in Priory Road on Monday, March 26.