Jobseeker’s Allowance figure climbs slightly in Boston


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in and around Boston climbed slightly last month, figures released this morning (Wednesday) show.

The borough’s claimant count rose to 814 in August, up from 803 in July, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It is the second increase in a row for the borough, with it having climbed from 798 to 803 from June to July.

Despite the recent rises, August 2014’s figure is still far lower than August 2013 when in stood at 1,040.

The proportion of people of a working age in the borough claiming JSA went unchanged at two per cent from July to August.

This compares to regional and national averages of 2.2 and 2.3 per cent respectively, both of which fell by 0.1 per cent in that time period.