Unemployment in Northampton has fallen for the fourth consecutive month, with more than 500 people in the town finding work since March.
There were 5,566 people in Northampton claiming jobseeker’s allowance in July, equivalent to four per cent of the population, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics today.
But this figure is higher than the East Midlands average of 3.3 per cent, and the national average of 3.4 per cent.
This month’s unemployment figure is 508 lower than March, which saw a year high of 6,074 people out of work in the town.
Nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance has fallen to its lowest level for more than four years and employment has reached a record high, but long-term and youth unemployment have increased.
Total unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 4,000 in the quarter to June to 2.5 million.
But youth unemployment, among 16 to 24-year-olds, increased by 15,000 to reach 973,000, while the number of people out of work for more than two years rose by 10,000 to 474,000, the highest since 1997.
The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell by 29,200 to 1.4 million, the lowest since February 2009.