Welcome drop in unemployment in north Northumberland

Unemployment has fallen year on year in the Berwick constituency.
Unemployment has fallen year on year in the Berwick constituency.

There were 380 fewer unemployed claimants in the Berwick constituency last month compared to the same time last year.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in the Berwick constituency in January was 911. This represents a rate of 2.6 per cent of the economically-active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 380 lower than in January 2014.

Lib Dem Julie Pörksen, who is campaigning to succeed Sir Alan Beith as the constituency’s MP in May, said: “These figures are encouraging, but there is more work to be done in north Northumberland to tackle lower-than-average wages, higher-than-average house prices and the proportion of seasonal work. This is why I am so supportive of the Living Wage. I will continue to work to encourage the public sector to take the lead within the county and introduce the Living Wage for their staff.”

Sir Alan added: “It is good news that unemployment is down again across the Berwick constituency, compared to last year. The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on jobs, investment and apprenticeships and our efforts are paying off. Local businesses are clearly working hard to boost our economy.”