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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Unemployment in Cumbria rose in January

Unemployment in Cumbria rose by nearly 4.5 per cent in the last month, latest figures show.

A new report from The Cumbria Intelligence Observatory shows there were 6,642 people who claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) between December and January.

This was a rise of 279 from the previous month, the figures show.

But the number is 2,340 less than at the same time last year and unemployment in Cumbria has dropped more than national figures.

A spokesman said: "The count rose in all six districts from last month which is a picture we would expect at this time of year as seasonal Christmas jobs come to an end (the same month last year saw a rise of 544).

"The biggest rise was in Carlisle where there were 108 more JSA claimants than last month."

The JSA claimant rate in Cumbria in January was up 0.1 to 2.2 per cent. The rate also rose 0.1 nationally to three per cent and regionally to 3.4 per cent.

The claimant rate in Cumbria is down 0.8 from a year ago and Barrow remains the only district which has a claimant rate above the national rate.

There are 2,905 people in Cumbria who’ve been claiming JSA for more than six months, down 10 from last month and down 760 from a year ago. This represents almost half of all claimants in Cumbria.

The number claiming JSA for over a year also fell from last month by 10 and is 285 lower than a year ago.

During the month, 1,341 people started claiming JSA, 60 more last month and 1,023 ceased claiming - 245 fewer than last month. Of those who gave a reason for signing off, 68.4 per cent said it was because they had found employment.

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