Unemployment is still on the rise in the area

JOBLESS figures in Boston and Skegness have risen back above their post-recession high as unemployment continues to increase in the area.

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the constituency for February was 2,943.

That equates to five per cent of the 16 to 64-year-old population, above the 4.9 per cent peak of January 2010, when there were 2,882 claimants.

The number of people on the jobseeker benefit has shot up by 848 in the past six months, with the level at 3.5 per cent in September.

Conservative MP Mark Simmonds, who represents Boston and Skegness, backed his Government’s economic policy and hopes George Osborne’s Budget today will boost jobs and growth.

Mr Simmonds said: “I firmly believe that the coalition government is on the right course for our economy.

“It is imperative that we reduce the deficit and restore economic stability.

“Of course I am concerned about recent increases in unemployment. There is clearly still a big challenge ahead to create jobs and get people back to work.

“The international economic outlook remains difficult but we will do everything we can to help the unemployed find jobs.”

Recent research from the Institute for Public Policy Research showed that, according to the figures for January this year, there were four people chasing every vacancy in Lincolnshire. In that month there were 16,032 people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Lincolnshire, with 3,725 vacancies.

Mr Simmonds added: “In the last quarter alone 15,000 more vacancies became available in the UK, taking the total vacancies to 473,000, indicating that Government actions are having a positive impact.

“The challenges facing the global economy must not derail plans to stimulate growth and help people secure employment. To this end, I am hopeful that the coming budget will be a budget for jobs and growth.”