Gordon Brown’s economic miracle doesn’t seem to show any sign of slowing. My observation that the rate of increase seemed to have slowed last month was shown to be idle conjecture this month as the rate grew again.
I will continue to say that Wandsworth seems to be weathering the recession better than most places. There are a lot of reasons to be confident, indeed, part of my spot at Balham last Thursday was to highlight the reasons we should be positive in Wandsworth. But that does not mean we aren’t being hit by the recession, nor does it make it any easier for those who are losing their jobs.
The Wandsworth total of Jobseekers Allowances claimaints (i.e. people who have signed on as unemployed, and excluding those who are unemployed but have chosen not to register) rose to 6,430 – a rate of 3.1%. As I say every month, this still compares favourably to the London and national rates of 4.2% and 4.1% respectively.
The total was 341 higher than last month and 2,656 higher than this time last year, increases of 5.6% and 70.4% respectively.