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Monday, 22 December 2014

Numbers of jobless fall across Cumbria

UNEMPLOYMENT in Barrow’s central ward remains the highest in the county, according to the latest figures.

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WINNING TEAM Employment partnership team leader Thomasina McNaughton, from Furness Enterprise, outside the Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Management offices on Dalton Road, in Barrow LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50038040B000

Fourteen per cent of residents in the ward are out of work but overall the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Cumbria has fallen.

The latest figures show 544 more people started claiming JSA in Cumbria between December and January, taking the county’s total to 8,982. However, the overall number of job-seekers is down by 6.3 per cent on the same time last year.

Barrow’s central ward remains the highest area for unemployment, with 14 per cent of residents out of work – however the number of claimants fell in each of Cumbria’s six districts.

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