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Number of benefit claimants falls

Posted on - 12th May, 2010 - 12:35pm | Author - | Posted in - News

The number of people in Preston and its surrounding areas claiming benefits is dropping according to latest statistics.

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The Office for National Statistics have released data that shows that on the whole the number of claimants is dropping, despite the jobless total being at a 15-year-high.

In Preston there are currently 3,008 people on benefits; 7,8% of males and 2.8% of females. This amounts to 5.5% of the Preston population, but this figure has fallen 5.2% since last year.

Ribble Valley and South Ribble have seen impressive drops too, with their figures falling 19.3% and 17.4% respectively.

Fylde also has promising figures with just 2% of people claiming, a 12.7% drop on last year.

Less than 1,000 people claim benefits in Wyre & Preston North following a 14.0% drop; now just 742 receive handouts.

The North West is currently the second highest claiming region in England with 191,828 claimants.

Image credits belong to the London Evening Standard.

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