Jobless figures reach lowest level since 2008

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Lincolnshire’s jobless figures have reached their lowest level since 2008, with Boston’s rate also falling.

The Office for National Statistics’ most recent figures, for August, listed Lincolnshire’s unemployment rate for the month as just 2.8 per cent with 421 fewer Jobseekers Allowance claimants recorded since July.

In Boston the claimant count was down five per cent on July, and 16 per cent down on August 12.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for economic development Coun Colin Davie has welcomed the news, which he believes to be a positive sign of the region’s improving fortunes.

“I welcome any fall in unemployment and its pleasing to see that we are at 2008’s level,” he said.

“It’s quite clear that the economy has started to turn and in relation to Lincolnshire, in particular, we are getting increasing numbers of enquiries from businesses looking to invest in the county.

“Lincolnshire’s businesses are winning orders both nationally and from overseas and this can only mean that the employment opportunities will grow and grow over the next few years.”

Coun Davie believes the county council can continue to support the improving economic outlook by helping businesses take advantage of ‘technological opportunities of the digital ag’e and to make the most of the financial schemes available in the county.

“There are many multi-partner conversations going on about how we can grow the Lincolnshire economy at the moment which can only help what has been achieved so far,” he added.

Boston MP Mark Simmonds said the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen by 238 since the 2010 election.

Mr Simmonds said: “It’s great news that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is falling in Boston & Skegness. We are a hard working community with plenty to offer the national economy.

“I am delighted that British business is rising to the challenge of creating jobs. There is always more to do, but these figures are encouraging as me move from rescue to recovery”.

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