Rise in number of resort jobless

There has been a slight rise in unemployment in June.

There has been a slight rise in unemployment in June.

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Blackpool’s unemployment rate showed a slight rise in June as the general trend for the region fell over the past three months.

In the latest figures from the office of National Statistics, in the Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency, the Job Seekers Allowance claimant count was 2,400 or 4.8 per cent of the population.

In Blackpool South it was 3,380 or 6.7 per cent, Fylde was 1,085 or 2.2 per cent, and Fleetwood and Lancaster was 1,528 or 2.5 per cent.

The Blackpool total of 5,780 compared to 5,646 in May and 6,027 in March.

Unemployment in the North West decreased by 28,000 in the three months to April. Nationally the number of JSA claimants is at its lowest level in two years at 1.51 million.

Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard welcomed the news: “Nationally and here in Blackpool North & Cleveleys unemployment is falling and the number of people in a job is rising.

“This has to be good news and is now, in conjunction with other indicators, is show a healing economy.

“We now have more people in a job than ever before in this country and I know from a Parliamentary question I tabled that 5,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Blackpool North & Cleveleys in the last year alone.

“This rebalancing of the economy from public to private sector will set the foundations for continuing growth and enable the United Kingdom to fully compete in the global race.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said the employment situation was still lagging behind that of 2011.

He said: “The worrying thing is that these figures do not show the problem of underemployment in our area.

“Some people who rely on two or three part time jobs to make a decent living have now found that one has disappeared and they are finding it hard.

“Even more of a problem is the cut back in hours some people are experiencing which mean a cut in income and a consequent effect of benefits.”

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