Claimant count rises through the county

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The number of people claiming benefits in Northumberland has increased, compared to this time last year.

The figures were released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics.

The data shows that the claimant count in the county has risen by five per cent and now stands at 4,085.

However, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming benefit in the county has fallen by four per cent, compared to a year ago, and stands at 1,060.

The number of claimants in the North East is 50,700, which is also a rise.

But the number of people in work in the region has increased by 50,000 over the past year, with more than 1.2million now in work. The unemployment rate has decreased by 11,000 on the year and stands at 98,000.

Meanwhile, the latest Youth Offer figures show that more than 2,000 young people in Northumberland have started work experience and sector-based work academy pre-employment training placements since 2011.

Research published earlier this year revealed that each work experience placement saves the taxpayer around £150 and sector-based work academy £100, with participants spending less time on benefits and more time in employment.