Unemployment levels falling in Sunderland

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Unemployment levels in Sunderland have fallen over the last year – with more than 900 people getting back into work.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in October this year is down compared to last year.

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However, the percentage of working age people claiming JSA in the city is higher than in the North East and Great Britain.

The number of people who claimed JSA last month was 5,214 – 2.9% of the working-age population in Sunderland. In the region, 2.6% of people claimed last month, and in Great Britain, the figure was 1.6%.

It is a significant improvement from October last year, when 6,136 (3.4%) of people in Sunderland claimed JSA.

The figure is also an improvement compared to September this year when there were 5,248 claimants.

This is big news for the North East, while we are hearing a lot about redundancies and business closures, our unemployment rate is continuing to fall while our employment rate is rising.

Jacqui Alderson, Department for Work and Pensions

Jacqui Alderson, from the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Unemployment in our region has continued to drop, falling by 9,000 compared to this time last year and standing at 109,000.

“This is big news for the North East, while we are hearing a lot about redundancies and business closures, our unemployment rate is continuing to fall while our employment rate is rising.

“This shows that the support being given to those out of work is the right support, and Jobcentre Plus are continuing to offer a tailored package of support to each individual circumstances.”