Climb in unemployment halts

THE sudden, sharp rise in Boston’s unemployment rate in 2011 came to an end last month when the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits fell by three.

This is according to the latest figures from the Government’s Office for National Statistics.

It revealed the number of people in the borough claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell from 1,358 to 1,355 during March.

It meant the unemployment rate, which had soared by 0.3 per cent in February and 0.4 per cent in January, stayed at 3.8 per cent - in line with the average for Great Britain.

The rise at the start of this year followed month-on-month declines for almost all of 2010, with January being the biggest monthly jump since the start of 2009.

The borough’s current unemployment rate is still better than this time in 2010, when the figure stood at 3.9 per cent.

It remains, however, above average for the East Midlands, which climbed from 3.5 to 3.6 per cent last month.

In East Lindsey, the rate dropped from 3.9 per cent to 3.7 per cent (or 3,301 claimants to 3,125).

In South Holland, the rate also fell - from 3.2 per cent to 3.1 per cent (or 1,610 claimants to 1,569).