Unemployment in the Market Rasen and Caistor area has fallen by nearly a quarter, government figures reveal.
West Lindsey District had 1,425 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in January, compared with 1,871 a year previously, a drop of 24%. But this was a small increase on the 1387 recorded in December.
The constituency of Gainsborough recorded 1,457 jobseekers in January, a similar 24% drop on a year before.
MP Sir Edward Leigh welcomed his constituency having a smaller dole queue.
“I’m very pleased that we have 456 fewer people on the Jobseeker’s Allowance here in Gainsborough. The number of young unemployed has declined as well, with a 24.8 % drop in the number of unemployed ages 18-24 here in the constituency.”
“The private sector is driving growth. The increase in private-sector employment is over five times the fall in public sector jobs, and we have nearly 2.2 million more people employed in the private sector than in 2010. The overwhelming majority of these – 76 % – are in full-time jobs. Overall, the country’s jobs-wanted figure is at 718,000, the highest number since records began.”
Across the East Midlands region, the unemployment rate fell from 5.1% a year ago to 4.9% last month.
“We’ve also increased prosecutions of tax dodgers fivefold to ensure the very rich are paying their share,” he added.