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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Number of Cumbria's jobless up again

Unemployment in Cumbria rose again last month, official figures today revealed.

There were 9,853 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, 238 more than in January, nudging the unemployment rate up from 3.1 to 3.2 per cent.

Carlisle saw the biggest increase.

The jobless total rose by 123 to 2,401, giving the city an unemployment rate of 3.6 per cent.

Allerdale’s rose by 35 to 2,160 (3.7 per cent) but in Copeland the total fell by 22 to 1,723 (3.9 per cent) and in Eden by three to 483 (1.5 per cent).

Nationally, the seasonally-adjusted claimant count increased by 7,200 to 1.61m, the worst figure since 2009.

The rolling total, which includes people not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, was up by 28,000 to 2.67m.

Average earnings increased by 1.4 per cent in the year to January.

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