Jobless figure falls in Sunderland to lowest level since 2008

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THE number of people looking for work on Wearside fell to its lowest level in six years last month.

There were 6,136 people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid only to those classed as actively looking for work – in the Sunderland local authority area in October.

That represents a drop of 347 on September’s figure of 6,483 and is the lowest figure since July 2008, when there were 5,862 claimants in the city.

The number of claimants has fallen by 1,861 this year.