Newham’s jobless figures fall

Unemployment levels in Newham have fallen, the latest figures show.

The number of those registered jobless slipped below the 11,000 mark in July for the first time in three months.

A total of 10,918 people are claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance - a fall of around 400 on June figures.

It means the borough now has the third highest number of benefit claimants in London, behind Southwark and Lambeth in south London.

The fall is line with national trends.

The government said it was good news because policy changes have seen people who once claimed incapacity benefits now transferring to Jobseekers’ Allowance.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “These are positive and encouraging figures demonstrating the strength of our private sector.

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“Notwithstanding the difficult economic times it is still creating jobs, the vast majority of which are full time.”

Young people, aged between 18 and 24, made up nine per cent of the unemployed. Two thousand of them have been out of work for more than 12 months.