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St Helens' jobless total grows for the third month in a row
11:56am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
UNEMPLOYMENT in St Helens has increased again.
Today's stark figures show the number of local people claiming jobseekers' allowance in February was 5,746.
That is an increase of 90 since January and the third month in a row that the total has grown. It is also the highest unemployment has been in St since March last year.
The statistics come against a massive squeeze on public sector finances, with St Helens Council having to find a further £14m in savings in its budget over the next two years.
That budget is already operating on £36m less than in 2010 because of cuts in grants from central government.
The council fears its job losses, which stand at more than 1,000 could rise to about 1,200.