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Unemployment rises for second month in a row
2:58pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
UNEMPLOYMENT in Colchester has risen for the second consecutive month.
Fresh figures show there were 3,287 people out of work and claiming benefits last month, up from 3,175 in January.
It is the highest figure since August 2012, when 3,299 people were claiming benefits.
It means 2.9 per cent of the working age population is now on benefits, compared to 3.2 per cent in the East of England and 3.9 per cent in Great Britain.
Of the 3,287 people claiming benefits in Colchester, 2,143 are male and 1,144 are females.
Meanwhile, the number of people out of work in Tendring has risen for the sixth month in a row.
The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, show there were 3,605 people out of work and claiming benefits last month, up from 3,499 in January.
More than 4.6 per cent of Tendring’s working-age population is now on benefits.
A total of 2,673 people in the Braintree district claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance last month, compared to 2,691 in January.
In Maldon, 924 claimed benefits last month, up from 892 in January.