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.
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.