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Unemployment rises in Cumbria again

UNEMPLOYMENT in Cumbria rose in February for the second month running.

But there are still 2,332 fewer dole claimants than at this time last year.

Official figures show there were 6,803 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – 2.2 per cent of the workforce – up from 6,642 in January and 6,363 in December.

Carlisle’s jobless total rose by 79 to 1,569 last month, giving the city a claimant count rate of 2.3 per cent.

Allerdale’s climbed by 35 to 1,574 (2.7 per cent), Copeland’s by 26 to 1,189 (2.7 per cent), Eden’s by three to 334 (1.0 per cent) and Barrow’s by 20 to 1,486 (3.5 per cent).

South Lakeland was the only district of Cumbria where the claimant count fell, by two, to 651 (1.1 per cent).

The national rolling unemployment total, which includes those not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, fell by 63,000 to 2.33m – a rate of 7.2 per cent.

And the seasonally-adjusted figure for people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance also fell, by 34,600 to 1.17m.

More than 30m people are in work, up by 459,000 on a year ago, the highest figure since records began in 1971.

Average earnings increased by 1.4 per cent in the year to January.

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