Jobless figures down a third over past year


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.