MP welcomes fall in unemployment

MP Robert Goodwill

MP Robert Goodwill

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UNEMPLOYMENT figures in Scarborough are continuing to fall, it has been revealed.

Statistics released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics showed the number of unemployed claimants in Scarborough and Whitby constituency in May 2011 to be 2,269.

This represents a rate of 5.1 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 – the 273rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies.

The number of claimants in the Scarborough area is 262 lower than in May 2010 and 53 lower than in April 2011.

Scarborough’s Conservative MP Robert Goodwill said it was good news the claimant count had dropped since the last General Election, adding: “I give these figures a cautious welcome and hope that we can build on the progress made so far in creating the conditions for private sector jobs to be created in important local industries such as tourism.”

Over the last five years the number of people claiming job seekers allowance in Scarborough has ranged between a low of 1,490 in June 2008 to a peak of 3,453 in February last year.

People aged between 18 and 24 years have the highest percentage of claimants, with 8.1 per cent of the town’s youngsters claiming.

The latest data also shows that UK unemployment fell 88,000 in the three months to April this year to 2.43 million, the biggest drop since the summer of 2000.

The unemployment rate was 7.7 per cent, down from 7.9 per cent in the previous quarter.

However, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in May rose by 19,600 to 1.49 million.

The rise was the biggest since July 2009, and was larger than expected.