As I do every month a quick look at the Jobseekers Allowance claims in Wandsworth. Again, it’s seen a small drop. Nothing earth shattering, just 59 (1%) fewer than last month and 593 (8.8%) fewer over the year.
The trend seems healthy, if slow, although with speculation about double dip recessions and, of course, the impact of measures to tackle the deficit this might change.
What is telling is the graph over the course of the recession.
While the trend may be downwards now, there’s still a long way to go before it returns to anything like it was before the recession.
The data I’ve used to create the graphs (and come up with the figures) is on my data page.