Number of people in Northampton claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance down by 1,000 in a year

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The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ allowance in Northampton has reduced by more than 1,000 in the past year, latest figures show.

Data released yesterday showed that 2,964 people in the town are claiming the Government benefit compared to 4,006 in August 2014.

The employment rate in the town is currently 76.9 per cent, 3.4 percentage points higher than the national average of 73.5.

Karen Hobley, operations leader at the Northampton Job Centre, said many employers in the town were recruiting for staff.

She said; “Nationally, there are more women in work than ever before. There are a lot less people making claims for Job Seekers’ Allowance and a number of employers are now finding it harder to fill vacancies.”