Cornish jobless figures rise

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The number of people out of work in Cornwall and claiming Jobseekers Allowance has risen again.

Latest figures in Cornwall rose to 10,794, or 3.3% of the county’s working population, which remains below the UK average of 4.4%.

Nationally, unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million.

Gerry Jones, chairman of the Institute of Directors in the South West, said that today’s labour market statistics provide few answers. He said: “There’s something for everyone in these figures.

“For the optimists, employment rose by almost 60,000 and the number of people on Jobseekers Allowance rose by only 6,900.

“For the pessimists, the Labour Force Survey measure of unemployment rose by 48,000 and shows no sign of reversing given the outlook for GDP growth.

“Pessimists might also point out that whilst employment rose by 60,000, there was a wide gap between full-time (down 26,000) and part- time (up 90,000) performance. The labour market isn’t signalling recession but it’s hardly suggesting recovery either.”

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