Fewer Wearsiders looking for work as number of jobhunters hits eight-year low

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The number of people looking for work on Wearside has fallen by almost 1,000 in the last year.

There were 3,749 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance –paid to those classed as actively looking for work – in Sunderland last month, a fall of 987 on June 2014’s figure of 4,736.

Month-on-month the number of claimants fell by 156, from 3,905 in May.

The claimant count is now at its lowest level since October 2007.

Pam Calvert, from Sunderland Jobcentre, said: “We are down 21 per cent from this time last year.

“We are seeing more people accessing employment opportunities, particularly in five main areas – production, retail, customer service, hospitality and care.”

The announcement that Sunderland’s Nissan plant was to build a car for the firm’s luxury Infiniti range had sparked a sharp rise in the number of applications for the skills academy course, which prepares jobseekers for a career at the factory.

Work experience courses had also proved popular, with several people being taken on permanently during their time with firms

“Our job seekers are really enthusiastic and trying hard to find work – it is good to see,” said Ms Calvert.