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East Lancashire jobless numbers still rising
9:59am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
THE number of unemployed people in East Lancashire went up last month.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in the area rose by 134 to 13,773 from July to August.
Compared to last year the figure is up by 712.
The picture in East Lancashire’s six boroughs is more bleak than elsewhere in the region.
In the North West in general unemployment dropped by 8,000 to 316,000 for the period.
The biggest rise in unemployment came in Blackburn with Darwen where an extra 120 people claimed JSA taking the total in the borough to 4,533.
In Burnley, the number rose by 36 to 2,866 and there were small rises in Hyndburn and Pendle but there were drops in Rossendale and Ribble Valley.
Graham Jones, Hyndburn and Haslingden MP, said: “The unemployment figures again make for tough reading.
“It is so sad that families in Lancashire have to suffer the consequences of George Osborne's economic experiment.
“More families in the last month have had to face the prospect of redundancy and joblessness.”