Fall in numbers on jobless benefits in Rugby

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THE Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimant count fell 4.1 per cent in Rugby between May and June, and is down 13.1 per cent on last year’s figure.

The town’s claimant count now stands at 1,438 - 216 people down from June 2011. June was the forth month in a row the claimant count has fallen in Rugby and Warwickshire as a whole. Nationally, the year on year figure rose 4.8 per cent, while in the West Midlands it rose 1.4 per cent.

The number of JSA claimants aged 18 to 24 has also fallen across Warwickshire over the last month.

In June 2012 there were 2,255 claimants aged 18-24

whereas in the previous month there were 2,365 claimants aged 18-24 years.

Despite the fall in the overall claimant count, the number of long-term unemployed (more than six months) claimants in Warwickshire has risen slightly over the past month to 3,140, compared with 3,105 in May 2012.