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Slight rise in out of work claimants

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in West Norfolk has risen slightly against the corresponding point last year.

Latest figures from Jobcentre Plus (JCP) show that 1,899 people were in the alternative claimant count in February.

That’s a rise of 54 (three per cent) on the same month in 2018.

However, the figure represents a 50 per cent drop over the past five years and the JCP is optimistic that it will continue to fall.

East Anglia district operational leader Stephen Lankester pointed to the number of opportunities for local jobseekers.

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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has more than 50 clinical and non-clinical roles, West Norfolk Council has ten vacancies, including for seasonal workers, and the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers have a recruitment drive.

At least five drivers are required at BGA Logistics in Lynn and retail opportunities include four positions at The Range and three at Harry’s Fish Bar in Hunstanton.

Mr Lankester added: “And then there’s the new H&M store in King’s Lynn which could be recruited to in the next two to three months.”

The claimants picture in neighbouring North Norfolk is rosier, with a year-on-year drop of six per cent, including a 19 per cent reduction in the 18 to 24-year-olds category.


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