Stoke-on-Trent Job Seekers Allowance claims fall 42.6% in a year

As wages rise and inflation eases, there’s some great news on the employment front in Stoke and Staffordshire.

Between January 2014 and January 2015 there was a 43.3% decrease in the number of JSA claimants in Staffordshire and in Stoke-on-Trent there was a 42.6% decrease over the same period.

Nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance was cut by 38,600 in January – the 27th consecutive monthly fall.

Wider figures released by the ONS showed the UK jobless rate hit a new six-year low of 5.7%.

David Cameron said: “Since I became Prime Minister, we haven’t solved or tackled all of unemployment, but we have got 1.85 million more people in work today than when I became Prime Minister.

“We’ve created effectively 1,000 jobs every day since this Government’s been in office.”