Increase in number of people claiming out-of-work benefits

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The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in the Boston area rose last month.

This is according to the latest set of monthly figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday.

The borough’s claimant count climbed from 605 to 625 in February, the data showed.

While the count is up on what it was in January, it is down on February 2016 when it stood at 670 and down further still on February 2015 when it was 805.