Fewer people claiming dole
UNEMPLOYMENT fell across Bristol and the surrounding areas last month.
Figures published yesterday showed that the number of people claiming the dole stood at 21,970 in August.
That is a slight reduction from the previous month's figure of 22,037 but more than 700 higher than a year ago.
In Bristol, unemployment fell by 39 from 12,539 in July to 12,500 last month.
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In South Gloucestershire there was a slight rise, from 3,763 to 3,770.
In North Somerset, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance also rose slightly, from 3,297 to 3,311.
In Bath & North East Somerset, numbers fell from 2,438 to 2,389.
Unemployment was down by 7,000 across the country to 2.59 million, a rate of 8.1 per cent.
Employment Minister Mark Hoban told the Post: "There are good signs there in the South West – an extra 44,000 people in work.
"There are challenges in different areas in the South West. One of the things we want to do is ensure the people running the Work Programme work hard to tackle those most localised challenges."
Last week Airbus announced that hundreds of jobs at its factory in Filton had been safeguarded by a £5 billion contract with Philippine Airlines.
And yesterday the House of Commons MPs held a debate about the importance of the aerospace industry to the economy, after ministers promised to target it for investment.