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Universal Credit figures continue to rise in South Kesteven and Rutland in February

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The amount of people claiming universal credit continued to rise in South Kesteven last month - but below the national and regional average.

Figures released this week showed 11,194 claimants for February, up by 196 from January.

It represented a rise of 1.8 per cent, less than the national figure of 2 per cent, and the 2.3 per cent increase in the East Midlands.

The rate was slightly higher in Rutland where 2,046 claimed universal credit, up from 1,999 - a rise of 2.4 per cent.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, said: “Today’s figures highlight the challenges facing us on our road to recovery, but there is reason for optimism with more workers on payrolls and over half-a-million vacancies out there."

The JobCentre Plus website had 68 live job vacancies for Rutland and 47 in Stamford, while in Lincolnshire there were 1,500 vacancies.

On the Iliffe Media Jobs site - www.imjobs.co.uk - there were 25 live vacancies for Stamford and 14 for Rutland this week.

Employer advisor Stuart Roberts said vacancies for hotels and hospitality were beginning to open up as the sector prepares for the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The Government's Kickstart scheme, open to 16 to 24-year-olds, has also helped 99 young people in Lincolnshire into paid placements.

The next monthly Greater Lincolnshire virtual Jobfair takes place today (Thursday) from 10am to 1pm where jobseekers can speak to employers and training providers, and find out about opportunities and vacancies.

Visit greaterlincsjobsfair.co.uk

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