Sunderland’s jobless figure has fallen again

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THE number of people looking for work in Sunderland fell again last month.

There were 5,722 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid only to those classed as actively looking for a job – in the city in April.

There is yet another big fall in the number of people out of work in the North East and we can see a major improvement on the position 12 months ago

North East Chamber of Commerce Head of Policy and Campaigns Jonathan Walker

That is a fall of 115 on March’s figure of 5,837 and a drop of 1,861 year-on-year.

JobCentre Plus’ Pamela Calvery said recent months had seen an increase in the number and quality of vacancies across the North East.

The region had seen the biggest percentage fall in unemployment in the country over the last 12 months: “Fourteen thousand more people are working compared to this time last year.

“We have a wide range of vacancies across the North East,” she said.

Sectors such as hospitality, which has traditionally been associated with insecure, part-time posts, had seen a rise in the number of better-quality, full-time vacancies.

The call centre sector was also booming, with both Fusion and Barclays in Sunderland on the look-out for new recruits.

“We have a variety of jobs, with a variety of work patterns available,” she said.

Jonathan Walker, Head of Policy and Campaigns with the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “The labour figures show some great news on the unemployment front,” he said.

“There is yet another big fall in the number of people out of work in the North East and we can see a major improvement on the position 12 months ago.”