Jobless figures down a third over past year

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The number of registered unemployed in the region just keeps on dropping.

Government figures released last week say that in September, West Lindsey District had 1,370 claimants for Jobseekers Allowance, a drop of 417 on a year ago.

This represented a Claimant rate of 2.5 per cent, a drop of 0.8 on a year ago. For the Gainsborough Constituency, there were 1,389 claimants last month, a drop of 437. This too gave a claimant rate of 2.5 per cent, also down by 0.8 per cent on a year ago.

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh welcomed the figures, saying the East Midlands region saw a drop of 28,094 over the year and 100,000 since the end of the last Labour government, which show the government’s “long-term economic plan is working.”

“We’ve delivered this much while stuck in coalition with the Lib-Dems. When voters give us a Conservative majority at the General Election, we will be free to go further and deliver more savings for taxpayers and greater prosperity for the country,” he said.