Northumberland's unemployment figures drop to lowest in two years

Northumberland’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since the start of the pandemic, new figures show.

By Joshua Wright
Thursday, 28th April 2022, 5:37 pm
Jobless figures are on the way down.

Published by the Office for National Statistics, they have been welcomed by the county council as it works to continue Northumberland’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Job figures for the 18-24 year age group are also improving, with unemployment levels now at the same rates experienced in summer 2019.

Overall, in March 2022 there were 7,270 registered as unemployed in the county, or 3.8% of the working age population (16-64) – the lowest for two years.

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Job vacancy levels also remain positive, with a shift to more hospitality and catering positions, along with teaching opportunities.

With Covid restrictions having forced many businesses to close their doors, some for good, Northumberland’s unemployment rate skyrocketed much like the rest of the UK.Council leader Glen Sanderson said: “These are hugely welcome figures and reflect a wider upturn in our county’s economic recovery after what has been an extremely difficult couple of years.“A key focus of our council going forward is to ambitiously grow our economy, including attracting investment and high-quality jobs to the county and driving rural economic growth.“We know last summer saw huge visitor numbers in the county – and we’re expecting another good season.He added: “Combined with recent announcements of major employers setting up in the county, continued progress with key projects such as the Northumberland Line rail and employability and skills programmes to support people into the jobs available it’s a very positive picture for Northumberland.”