Jobless total in the St Albans district continues to rise

PUBLISHED: 10:26 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

UNEMPLOYMENT in the St Albans district continued to rise last month - but it still has the lowest proportion of jobless in the county. There were 1,087 people claiming unemployment benefit in the district in December, 281 more than November and 468 more

UNEMPLOYMENT in the St Albans district continued to rise last month - but it still has the lowest proportion of jobless in the county.

There were 1,087 people claiming unemployment benefit in the district in December, 281 more than November and 468 more than in December 2007, representing a 75.6 per cent increase over the year.

But the rise in December was the lowest in Herts with neighbouring council areas Dacorum and Watford recording a far higher increase.

Once again there were more men than women claiming benefits - 797 men as opposed to 290 women - and the number of job vacancies since the same month last year has nearly halved from 739 to 392.

Information on claimant levels provided by Herts County Council shows that it continues to rise in Herts at a relatively rapid rate. It went up by 1,257 to 12,306 in December which represents an annual increase of 64.8 per cent compared to 52.1 per cent in the East of England and 45.9 per cent in the UK as a whole.

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