The latest data for Warwickshire, released earlier this week, shows that there has been a further fall in the number of job seeker allowance (JSA) claimants in the county. The figure now stands at 3,862 which is a fall of seven percentage points from last month. The percentage decrease in each district and borough equalled the county figure with the exception of Stratford-on-Avon District where the fall was eight percentage points. Just over one percent of the working age population in the county are now claiming JSA which is the lowest rate since 1983.
Numbers of longer term claimants, i.e. over twelve months, have also fallen across the county with the total now being 1,070. In addition the number and rate of younger claimants, defined as 18 to 24 year olds, has fallen and stands at 860 and 1.9% respectively. This position is mirrored in the districts and boroughs with the exception of Rugby Borough where there was a small increase in the number of younger people claiming JSA.
At a county level the main reasons given for ceasing to claim are finding work or increasing work to more than sixteen hours a week and failing to sign. The former account for nearly 50% of all claimant off flows whilst the latter make up nearly 30% of off flows. Again these figures are reflected at a district and borough level. Roughly equal numbers of 18-24 year olds have ceased claiming for the two reasons given above. Sales and customer service occupations accounted for 45% of the number who had found or increased their working hours.