How much has 'unemployment' in Rutland, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings increased during the pandemic?
The number of young people looking for work and claiming benefits has nearly tripled in Rutland during the pandemic.
In the 12 months to November 2020, 94 more people aged between 18 and 24 became what the Department for Work and Pensions calls ‘alternative claimants’ taking the number from 32 to 126.
The total number of people in Rutland who were looking for work and claiming benefits rose from 281 people to 750.
In South Kesteven, which includes Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Grantham, the number of young people looking for work and claiming benefits more or less doubled over the same year-long period, to 790.
In the whole population of the area the picture was similar, with the number of claimants doubling. The total number by the end of the year-long period was just over 2,000.
Stuart Roberts, from the DWP, said: “To support people aged 18 to 24 we are running twice weekly ‘live lounges’ virtually, to promote our Kickstart opportunities. These calls are well attended and will often feature an employer looking to recruit.”
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