Jobseeker’s Allowance figure falls in Sunderland

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Sunderland has fallen, new figures show.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions, which include figures for July, show that 5,281 people in the city were claiming the benefit, compared to 5,343, in June.

The UK unemployment rate, for the three months ending in June, was highest in the North East at 8.1 per cent and lowest in the South West at 4.4 per cent.