Sunderland claimant count rises by more than 300 year-on-year

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The number of people looking for work in Sunderland has risen by more than 300 in the last year.

In the city there were 5,555 people receiving out of work benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, compared to 5,250 in September last year.

“There’s great news in the North East”

Damian Hinds

However, the numbers of people claiming benefits on Wearside have continued to drop over the years from 8,500 in September 2013.

The latest figures released today show in the North East over the last quarter, from June to August 2016, the number of people in employment has risen by 52,000 compared to the same period last year.

And, the number of people claiming benefit is down by 22,000 for the same period.

Responding to the North East figures, Employment Minister, Damian Hinds, said: “Once again it’s great news for Britain as the employment rate remains at a record high with more than 31.8 million men and women in work.

“There’s great news in the North East where the number of people in work has risen by 52,000 over the past year, with over 1.2 million people in work.

“But there’s more to do, particularly when it comes to supporting young people into employment. We want to build a solid base for the future, that’s why today I have announced the roll out of our Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools scheme in England which will give tens of thousands of young people help in taking their first steps into the world of work.”

Steve McCall, of Sunderland Jobcentre Plus, said there is a good mix of jobs available at the moment including part-time, full-time, permanent and temporary positions.

He said: “In terms of job markets being offered there is a good range of opportunities.

“This time of the year we are well into Christmas recruitment, with organisations looking for a lot of temporary staff.”

Mr McCall said even if a job seeker has not thought about working in the retail or hospitality sector, securing a temporary Christmas job is a way of getting some experience, which is always beneficial to CVs.