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Unemployment figures fall in Cumbria for third time in a row

Published on: Tuesday 14th August 2018

Cumbria has recorded a hattrick of falls in unemployment.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 5,660 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit in July – a drop of 55 compared to revised figures for June.

It is the third month in a row that unemployment has fallen, reversing five months of consecutive rises.

In July, four of Cumbria’s six districts saw falls in the number of claims made.

The biggest falls was recorded in Barrow and Copeland, which both saw a drop of 25 claims made, taking the total number of claimants to 970 (2.4 per cent of the population) and 1,300 (3.1 per cent of the population) respectively.

South Lakeland saw another fall, with 15 fewer claims made, taking the total to 350 (0.6 per cent), while Eden saw a drop of 10 claims made, taking the total to 250 (0.8 per cent).

However, both Carlisle and Allerdale saw the number of claims increase by 10.

It takes the total number of claimants to 1,100 (1.7 per cent) for Cumbria’s capital and 1,690 (2.9 per cent) for its neighbouring borough in the north west of the county.

Nationally, unemployment has reached a 40-year low, while there has been a record fall in the number of EU nationals working in the UK.

There were 2.28 million EU nationals working in this country in the quarter to June, 86,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual decrease since records began in 1997.

Unemployment fell by 65,000 in the latest quarter to 1.36 million, the lowest figure since 1976, giving a jobless rate of four per cent.

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