Jobless figures lowest since 2008

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Lincolnshire’s jobless figures for August reached their lowest level since 2008, mirroring the positive national outlook revealed by the latest published data.

The Office for National Statistics’ most recent figures listed Lincolnshire’s unemployment rate for the month as just 2.8 per cent with 421 fewer Jobseekers Allowance claimants recorded since July.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for economic development Coun Colin Davie has welcomed the news, which he believes to be a positive sign of the region’s improving fortunes.

“I welcome any fall in unemployment and its pleasing to see that we are at 2008’s level,” he said.

“It’s quite clear that the economy has started to turn and in relation to Lincolnshire, in particular, we are getting increasing numbers of enquiries from businesses looking to invest in the county.

“Lincolnshire’s businesses are winning orders both nationally and from overseas and this can only mean that the employment opportunities will grow and grow over the next few years.”

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