Figures reveal claimant drop in Northumberland

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northumberland has dropped by 19 per cent compared to this time last year.

The claimant count in the county now sits at 4,385, according to figures released yesterday, while the number of claimants aged 18 to 24 has dropped by 22 per cent year on year.

This significant decrease is reflected in a longer-term trend which has seen the number of young people claiming unemployment benefits in the North East more than halve in the last five years.

Currently, there are 1,165,000 people in employment in the North East, which is actually 10,000 less in work than this time last year.

However, the region’s unemployment figures have also decreased by 17,000 year on year with 103,000 people currently unemployed in the North East.

It comes as the Government launches its #WEcan campaign on social media, aimed at highlighting the benefits of work experience, in partnership with the Youth Employment UK network and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

It will encourage young people to take ‘workies’ – the work version of a selfie – and share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.