St Helens sees slight drop in unemployment

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The number of St Helens residents claiming out-of-work benefits dropped by three percent last month.

The latest figures from Jobcentre Plus showed the claimant count in February totalled 3,105 across all ages - down by 100 from January.

The number of 18-24 year-olds claiming was 720, down by 30 from the month prior and providing a more impressive drop of 15 percent.

The city region saw a decrease in both figures in all areas except Halton.

Jobcentre Plus spokesman for Merseyside, Clive Morris, said: “It’s a good picture of this upwards trend that we’ve had for quite a while now.

“We’re happy to see that the national picture is reflected locally in St Helens.”

Indeed, there were positive trends on the wider scene.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent - its lowest since 2005 - and long-term unemployment was at its lowest since the 2008 recession.

Additionally, there was more good news in the North West where the number of women in work has risen by 41,000 over the past year, to a near record high of 1.63 million women in work.

Responding to the figure, Minister for Employment Damian Hinds said: “I’m delighted by another set of record-breaking figures showing more people in work than ever before, and unemployment falling to its lowest in 12 years.

“But we have more to do, which is why we’re pressing ahead with our welfare reforms to ensure that it always pays to be in work.”

For full figures, visit ons.org.uk