Rise in Horsham jobless claimants

THE NUMBER of Horsham residents claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance rose by 132 in just a month.

The latest figures for January from the Office for National Statistics reveal 1,492 people claiming the allowance compared to 1,360 in December.

This amounts to 1.8 per cent of the working age Horsham population, up from 1.7 per cent in January.

Of the 1,492 people, 997 are male and the majority are aged 25 to 49. Figures revealed UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December.

UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December. The unemployment rate rose to 8.4 per cent - the highest for 16 years.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in January increased by 6,900 to 1.6 million.