Long-term jobless fall in Tamworth bucks a trend that concerns the PM
LONG-term unemployment continues to tumble in Tamworth as more and more of the town's residents return to work.
Latest Government figures revealed residents who have claimed Job Seekers Allowance for six months or more fell by nearly ten per cent in September.
Currently there are 555 Tamworth residents, who are old enough and able to work, who have signed on for six months or more – a fall of 60 claimants (9.76 per cent) on August's monthly count of 615.
The town appears to be bucking the national trend.
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In a recent Prime Ministers Questions, Labour party leader Ed Miliband commented on the statistic showing that the number of people out of work for more than a year was the highest for more than 16 years – at 904,000, up 22,000 on the previous quarter.
Prime Minister David Cameron agreed, saying: "He's absolutely right. The long-term unemployment figure is disturbing.
"That is what the work programme is designed to deal with."
There was a small fall in the amount of claimants in Tamworth who have received JSA for 12 months or more during September with 355 remaining in this category.
Unemployment as a whole across the town fell by just six claimants during September to 1,531, following on from July's first month-to-month rise since February.
The figures below show Tamworth's total JSA claimant count, followed by the town's total potential working population – those old enough and eligible to work – who are currently signing on.
October 2011 1,657 – 3.3
November 2011 1,710 – 3.4
December 2011 1,742 – 3.5
January 2012 1,870 – 3.8
February 2012 1,923 – 3.9
March 2012 1,856 – 3.7
April 2012 1,647 – 3.3
May 2012 1,590 – 3.2
June 2012 1,525 – 3.1
July 2012 1,491 – 3.0
August 2012 – 1,537 3.1
September 2012 1,531 – 3.1