District’s falling benefit claimant figure welcomed
- Credit: PA
The proportion of people living in east Suffolk who claim Jobseeker’s Allowance is among the lowest in the country, according to new figures.
The Office for National Statistics’ most recent labour market data shows that just 0.7% of the Suffolk Coastal population is classified as a JSA claimant. The percentage, which is down 0.5% on last year’s figure, is the lowest of all local authorities in Suffolk and Essex and well below the national average of 2.1%.
Suffolk Coastal District Council, which has its Local Plan and East Suffolk Growth Plan to encourage growth and attract businesses to the area, has welcomed the figures.
The council’s deputy leader, Andy Smith, who is responsible for economic development, said it was “good news for this area”.
“Suffolk Coastal is a great place to live, work and visit and our role as the local council is to ensure that everything is in place to nurture the economic recovery, creating more jobs for local people,” he added.
You may also want to watch:
Julia Nix, district manager for the Job Centre Plus in East Anglia, said the reduction was down to “partnership working”.
“We’ve been working really hard with the local authorities, we’ve all come together to really think how we can make a better impact to help our customers find employment,” she added.
- 1 Passenger falls off motorbike on A134
- 2 Ipswich Town lead the chase to sign Luton skipper Sonny Bradley
- 3 Caravans pitched at Portman Road car park
- 4 'Mass of smoke' billows from roof in house fire
- 5 ‘Unique’ farm in coveted river setting hits market for first time in 60 years
- 6 First look at golf club's multi-million pound coastal homes development
- 7 New rickshaw taxi service starts in town
- 8 Former Town star Clapham gets head coaching role
- 9 Luke Chambers: 'To be brutally honest, I didn't think I would be leaving the club this summer'
- 10 Tributes to 'loyal, caring' man, 28, who died after A14 crash
Nationally, the employment figures are the highest recorded, with 30.8million people in work.
The number of working age people claiming the main out-of-work benefits is also the lowest in a generation, the government said.
The JSA rate for Suffolk as a whole is 1.4% and in Essex it is 1.5%.