Jobseeker’s Allowance count lowest since summer 2008

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Boston has dipped below 800 for the first time since the summer of 2008.

This is according to figures released today (Wednesday, October 15) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The borough’s claimant count fell to 790 during September from the previous month’s figure of 814.

The last time the figure was below 800 was June 2008 when it stood at 760.

In the interim, it has climbed as high as 1,518 (back in February 2012).

Last month’s fall was not enough to change the proportion of people of a working age in Boston claiming JSA - two per cent.

The equivalent figure for the East Midlands and UK both fell by 0.1 per cent to 2.1 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively.