West Norfolk unemployment benefit claims fall slightly, new figures show
Unemployment benefit claims in West Norfolk have dropped slightly from the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data published today.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 4,565 claims made in the borough during July.
Although the total has increased from June, it is down by 140 from the peak figure recorded in May.
The figures equate to around 5.3 per cent of the borough's total workforce and are below both the regional and national averages.
The ONS says that, across the UK as a whole, nearly three quarters of a million people have been axed from company payrolls since the Covid-19 crisis began in March.
But analysts have warned that the situation is likely to get significantly worse over the coming months, as the government's furlough scheme is gradually phased out by the end of October.
Earlier this summer, West Norfolk councillors were told that more than 15,000 workers in the borough had been supported by the government's furlough scheme.
That equates to more than one in five of people classed as "economically active."
But the Government has claimed it has supported the wages of more than 21,000 people in the area.