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    Lord Palmerstone wrote:
    "there are 6,562 claimants in Oxfordshire"
    Poor souls; couldn't manage to get the jobs that the Poles and Russian language inhabitants of the Baltic states managed to get. Still, that's the glory of comprehensive schools. They give you an excellent grounding in being unable to get an unskilled job.
    If in doubt blame the Eastern Europeans.
    It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the government changing DLA (Disability Living Allowance) to ESA (Employment Support Allowance), which if people don't meet the very strict criteria of (If you have arms, legs and a head the you can work) then they get put on to JSA?"
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Rise in number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Business Editor. Call me on 01865 425460

THE number of people out of work and claiming jobseeker’s allowance has risen for the first time since February last year.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics for December show there are 6,562 claimants in Oxfordshire, a rise of 115 on the previous month and the highest total since September.

But year on year figures show the number of people signing on fell by 1,049.

Nationally, numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 12,100 last month to 1.56 million, the lowest since June 2011.

Total UK unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter to just under 2.5 million, the lowest since spring 2011 with a record number — almost 30 million — adults in a job, up by 500,000 on the same time a year earlier.

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