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652 fewer Job Seekers Allowance claimants in Tamworth than a year ago

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

By Bobby Bridge

From February 2013 to February 2014, how Tamworth's Job Seekers Allowance claimant rate has changed.

From February 2013 to February 2014, how Tamworth's Job Seekers Allowance claimant rate has changed.

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TAMWORTH’S Job Seekers Allowance claimant rate rose by two people last month – but still stands at more than 650 fewer fewer than a year ago.

Data provided by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday show that 943 people in Tamworth claimed JSA in February, a small rise on 941 in January.

The rate in February 2013 stood at 1,595, with 3.2 per cent of town’s potential working population (those who are old enough and eligible to work but are signing on).

This percentage in 2014 is 1.9 per cent.

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The number of 18 to 24 year olds who claimed JSA in February stands at 300 (data rounded of to the nearest multiple of five) – a rise of 85 from December 215, but 200 fewer than 12 months ago.

People who have claimed Job Seekers Allowance for more than 12 months stands at 145 claimants, 15 fewer than last month and 170 fewer than 12 months ago.

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  • CllrChris  |  March 22 2014, 3:44PM

    Beqqa puts it politely! Those sanctioned tend to be the most vulnerable in society, least able to understand what is happening to them or to tackle any appeal. The way unemployement is measured is spurious to say the least, and, at the moment, apparantly more spurious in Tamworth (and Cannock) than elsewhere in Staffordshire. It's just suspicious that those two centres in Staffordshire have the highest proportions of low earners, increased health problems and lower educational abilities. Prime targets one might think to fall into the official traps that lose them benefits and get them kicked off the unemployment figures.

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  • Beqqa  |  March 20 2014, 8:52PM

    The claimant count is an inaccurate measure, because it excludes those on the government's Forced Unwaged Labour schemes, those sanctioned, currently about 4.5% of all claimants per month, and those unemployed who for various reasons don't claim JSA.

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