Unemployment falls across Lancashire

New information revealed by the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in Lancashire fell between April and May.

Over the month, 355 fewer people claimed the benefit in East Lancashire, taking the total to 13,213. In Preston, the total stands as 3,563 – a reduction of 125 – and the figure fell by 50 in Wyre and Fylde to 2,734.

There was a small increase of three claimants in Lancaster, making a total of 2,783.

The decrease in numbers matched a nationwide trend which showed a reduction of 51,000 claimants in the February, March and April, to a total of 2.61m. By contrast, the number of long-term unemployed individuals rose slightly.