Unemployment increases for the second month in a row

UNEMPLOYMENT in Boston has risen sharply for the second month in a row.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) rose by 94 to 1,366 during February according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It followed an even bigger rise during January when the claimant count soared by 142.

This was the largest monthly increase in two years and came after a sustained period of decline for Boston’s claimant count, which had fallen in nine out of the previous 10 months.

The town’s unemployment rate now stands at 3.8 per cent - returning it to where it was in April 2010.

In South Holland, the figure climbed from 3.0 to 3.2 per cent (1,522 to 1,610) last month. In East Lindsey, though, it fell from 4.0 to 3.9 per cent (3,364 to 3,301).

The average for the East Midlands is 3.5 per cent and for Great Britain it is 3.8 per cent.