Jobseeker’s Allowance count now less than half recession peak


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Boston fell again last month and now stands at less than half of the peak reached during the recession.

This is according to data released this morning (December 12) by the Office for National Statistics.

The borough’s claimant count dropped to 746 in November, down from 779 in the previous month.

The last time the figure was that low was April 2008 when it stood at 713.

In between, the count rose as high as 1,518 (in February 2012).

The fall took the proportion of people of a working age in the borough claiming JSA to 1.8 per cent, down from 1.9 per cent.

This compares to regional and national averages of 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively, both of which fell by 0.1 per cent.