Hemsworth jobless total falls for first time in six months

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The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits across Hemsworth fell for the first time in six months last month.

There were 2,836 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) across the area in April, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The fall comes after 2,849 people claimed JSA in the area in March and is the first time the claimant count has fallen since November last year.

The number of people claiming JSA nationwide also fell by 3,000 in March and the jobless rate fell to 4.5 per cent - its lowest since April 2011.

But long term youth unemployment remained the same across the area last month.

There were 170 people aged 16-24, claiming JSA for a year or more.