The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in North Kesteven has increased for the second month in a row.
The district’s claimant count climbed to 752 during February according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning (March 18).
In January it was 710, while in December it was 666.
January’s rise followed five consecutive months of decline in the district.
However, an increase in the figure at the start of the year is characteristic for North Kesteven according to the ONS data.
Perhaps more telling is the year-on-year comparison, with February 2014’s count being substantially higher at 1,119 - in 2013, it was higher again at 1,382.
The proportion of people of a working age claiming JSA in the district now stands at 1.1 per cent, up from 1.0 per cent on the previous month.
This compares to regional and national averages of 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively, both of which did not change during February.