Rise in Sunderland jobless claimant count in the last month
The number of people classed as looking for work in Sunderland rose last month.
There were 5,960 people claiming out-of-work benefits - Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit - in the city last month, a rise of 255 on August and 355 year-on-year.
The Department of Work and Pensions’ Steve McCall said JobCentre Plus was recruiting with more than 25 employers in the city, mainly in the retail sector.
“There is a mixture of Christmas jobs and some permanent positions out there,” he said.
“Contact centres are massive at the moment - there is a lot of recruitment going on at places such as EDF at Doxford Park.
“And there are still over 80 jobs available with Go North East. We are working very hard to find them bus drivers.”
Across the North East, the figures for August show employment stands at 1,211,000 or 71.3% - an increase of 10,000 over the quarter, but a fall of 6,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 75.5% nationally.
But the number of people classed as unemployed in the region also fell over the last year.
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Unemployment currently stands at 57,000 or 4.5% (compared to four per cent nationally), a fall of 4,000 over the quarter and 18,000 over the year.
Paul Carbert, policy adviser with the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “The labour market statistics released this morning show more positive news on North East unemployment as the number of people out of work has halved in the past four years.
“Employment is up on the previous quarter, however the growth in employment in the region has not kept pace with the national trend. The number of people classed as economically inactive has also increased, and the economic inactivity rate is higher in the North East than any other English region.
“This is a cause of concern for our potential for growth.
“The results of our Quarterly Economic Survey show a drop in business confidence about current and future workforce levels. We urge the Government to use the upcoming budget to reduce costs for businesses looking to take on more staff.
“Our members have also called on the Chancellor to provide more flexibility to firms recruiting apprentices to open up entry-level opportunities for young people and address skills gaps.”