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Benefits claims continue to drop

David Lidington

David Lidington

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Bucks fell for a fifth successive month in December to its lowest level since November 2008.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows the number of claims fell by 224 to stand at 4,318, which is less than 2% of working age people in the county.

In the Vale there was a 28% drop in the number of claimants from December 2012, with a fall of 391 to 1,399.

A total of 1.2% of working age people claimed benefits in December.

Of the 1,399 claimants in the Vale, 20% were from those aged 18-24 whereas 58% were from those aged 25-49 and 22% were from those aged over 50.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington described the latest figures as a ‘welcome fall’, although the number of people claiming benefits in Bucks remains nearly 70% above the pre-recession level at the end of 2007.

He tweeted: “Continued fall in #Aylesbury jobless total is good news - but more still needs doing to help business flourish & create new jobs.”

There were 5,959 advertised vacancies in Bucks throughout December, which is more than 122% more than December 2012.

Most commonly sought were programmers and software development professionals, with 265 vacancies, ahead of IT business analysts (190) and nurses (189).

Data also confirmed full-employment levels rose while part-time employment fell, for the second successive quarter.

 

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