King’s Lynn and West Norfolk job prospects improve year-on-year

Jobcentre EMN-140714-104528001
Jobcentre EMN-140714-104528001

The employment picture in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has continued to brighten, despite a slight rise in those claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) from December.

Although the number of JSA claimants has increased from 825 to 900 from December, the overall figures for January are down 30 per cent year-on-year.

In January 2015, there were 1270 recipients of JSA, of which 330 were 18 to 24-year-olds, compared to the 900 at the same time this year, of which 210 are 18 to 24-year-olds.

Stephen Lankaster, from Jobcentre Plus, said: “We do expect a little bit of an upturn after Christmas because of the amount of seasonal work.

“When you compare the figures year-on-year there has been a massive improvement in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Although unable to predict the long-term unemployment prospects, Mr Lanckaster said the economy in Norfolk was very buoyant.

Nationally, unemployment in the UK fell by 60,000 between October and December to 1.69 million, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The rate of unemployment was unchanged from a month ago at 5.1 per cent, maintaining a decade-low rate.

More than 31.4 million people are in work, the highest figure since records began in 1971.