MP welcomes fall in jobless

A FALL in unemployment across an area of Northumberland has been welcomed by its MP.

But Sir Alan Beith is hoping that this is just the beginning and more new jobs will be created in the county over the coming months.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency has fallen by 3.4 per cent over the year from January 2011 to January 2012 – the figure for last month was 1,608 compared to 1,664 people 12 months earlier.

Although the overall rate of unemployment in the North East is still high, in Sir Alan’s area the level is 3.5 per cent compared to 4.1 per cent nationally and 5.6 per cent in the region.

Commenting on the latest information, he said: “This is encouraging news, but we still have a lot to do to get businesses creating new jobs in the area.”