Pendle jobless figure falls

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New unemployment figures for August show that the number of unemployed claimants in Pendle in August 2013 was 1,791.

This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 413 lower than in August, 2012 and 61 lower than in July this year.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “The national figures for July and August show the biggest two-month drop in unemployment since June, 1997 and it is great to see that reflected in Pendle.

“The vast majority of local companies I speak to are confident about the year ahead and are looking to expand their operations, which is very encouraging.

“The Government still needs to do more to help those who are out of work, but it is clear that the economy is picking up.”