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Friday, 25 April 2014

Sharp rise in Cumbrian unemployment

UNEMPLOYMENT in Cumbria rose sharply in January, ending a run of five consecutive monthly falls.

Official figures show there were 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, 544 more than in December.

The county’s unemployment rate jumped from 2.7 per cent to 2.9.

Allerdale’s jobless total increased by 131 to 2,032, giving the borough an unemployment rate of 3.4 per cent.

Carlisle’s climbed 155 to 2,223 (3.2 per cent), Copeland’s by 76 to 1,576 (3.5 per cent), Eden’s by 30 to 408 (1.3 per cent), Barrow’s by 82 to 1,843 (4.2 per cent) and South Lakeland’s by 70 to 900 (1.4 per cent).

There is always a sharp rise in unemployment in January following a shake out of seasonal jobs in food production and retailing.

In January last year, the increase was steeper still - almost 800.

Nationally, the seasonally-adjusted claimant count fell by 12,500 to 1.54m last month – a two-year low.

The quarterly rolling total, which includes those not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, fell by 14,000 to 2.5m.

Average earnings increased by 1.4 per cent in the year to December, well below CPI inflation at 2.7 per cent.

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