Jobless figures for the Berwick constituency have dropped, although the recent redundancies at Allan Brothers have not been taken into account.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show the number of unemployed claimants in May was 972. This represents a rate of 2.7%. The number of claimants is 368 lower than in May 2013 and 82 lower than in April 2014.
Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith said: “Further falls in the number of people out of work are good news for the Berwick constituency, although as the figures are not seasonally adjusted they need to be greeted with caution.
“The Berwick constituency has a much lower than average unemployment rate, but those seeking work still need help. I am also concerned about reports that employers cannot find staff with the skills needed to fill vacancies and would be interested in hearing from any business in the constituency which is having this problem.
“The news that Allan Brothers in Berwick will be losing 65 jobs is also very worrying and I am continuing to work with the company and other businesses to encourage job creation in Berwick and further afield.”
Conservative parliamentary candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan added: “It’s great news there are now 368 fewer people on Job Seekers Allowance in north Northumberland than there were last year. That’s 368 people no longer needing benefits to get by, with a more secure, brighter future ahead of them.”
North east unemployment stands at 131,000 or 10% – a rise of 6,000 over the quarter and 2,000 over the year. This compares to a 6.6% rate nationally.