Unemployment is rising again
THE number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Stoke-on-Trent has risen again after four consecutive monthly falls.
Latest Government figures reveal 7,756 residents were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month, up from 7,622 in June.
In Newcastle, the claimant count rose from 2,358 to 2,406, while in the Staffordshire Moorlands it was also up, from 1,088 to 1,157.
In South Cheshire, the number of people claiming JSA increased from 1,189 to 1,327, and the figure also rose slightly in Crewe and Nantwich, from 2,405 to 2,474.
The Office for National Statistics figures revealed that nationally, the total number of people claiming JSA showed its biggest monthly rise in more than two years, increasing by 3,100 to reach 1.56 million.
And overall unemployment, which includes those not eligible for JSA, underwent an unexpected rise.
Between April and June unemployment increased by 38,000 to 2.49 million.