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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Unemployment in Cumbria down by 27 per cent

UNEMPLOYMENT in Cumbria fell again last month and has plunged by 27 per cent in the last year.

Official figures show that 5,710 people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in June – 1.8 per cent of the workforce – down from 6,053 in May and from 7,918 in June 2013.

Carlisle’s jobless total fell by 111 to 1,312, giving the city an unemployment rate of 1.9 per cent.

Allerdale’s fell by 90 to 1,324 (2.2 per cent), Copeland’s by 15 to 1,070 (2.4 per cent), Eden’s by eight to 264 (0.8 per cent), Barrow’s by 63 to 1,317 (3.1 per cent) and South Lakeland’s by 56 to 423 (0.7 per cent).

Nationally, the seasonally-adjusted claimant count fell by 36,000 to 1.04m.

The quarterly rolling total, which includes those not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, fell by 121,000 to 2.12m.

The Office for National Statistics also reported that average earnings have hardly risen at all.

Pay rises averaged 0.3 per cent in the year to May, well below the inflation rate of 1.9 per cent.

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BBC Look North when giving out employment figures, always give out the percentage for the North East but only the number for Cumbria. Why do you think this is?

Posted by Peter Murray on 16 July 2014 at 16:32

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