Rise in unemployment figures

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UNEMPLOYMENT across the Fylde coast is at 18 per cent – but significantly higher in Blackpool.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance across the UK rose as the number of women claimants hit an all time high, but full time employment rose.

More than 1.47 million people now claim, with 36,500 from Blackpool, 10,500 from Fylde and 6,300 from Wyre included in that figure.

The figures mean 24.8 per cent of Blackpool residents are economically inactive – a figure which is just less than the North West average, and a small rise on the last quarter.

Speaking about the national figures, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “These figures show another rise in full-time employment in the private sector. It’s good news to see that unemployment is also going in the right direction and pleasing that unemployment has fallen for young people.

“We’re determined to tackle youth unemployment, which is why we’ve taken steps to ensure that young people get the best possible support to get back to work, including lining up thousands of employers to provide work experience places and introducing apprenticeship places.”