Sharp fall for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant numbers

Job Centre Plus, DDC offices. ENGNNL00120140124120041
Job Centre Plus, DDC offices. ENGNNL00120140124120041

The number of young people aged 16 to 25 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Daventry has fallen by 86 per cent on last year to just five claimants.

New figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show employment in the East Midlands is at a record high with 2.23 million people in work.

In Daventry district there are currently 327 people claiming JSA, a reduction by 82 per cent on the same time last year. The number of new claimants in December was also down 20 per cent on the previous year.

Tim George, of Jobcentre Plus said young people were taking advantage of the centre’s links with over 100 businesses, while some jobs like driving HGVs were becoming more accessible.

He said: “I am cautiously optimistic things are going well in Daventry and businesses have the confidence to take on new staff.”