Coronavirus impacts on jobs in the Staffordshire Moorlands

COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on unemployment in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Almost 850 more people in the district are claiming benefits than this time last year as the spreading virus continues to hit the economy.

The figures by the Office for National Statistics include claimants of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and people claiming Universal Credit who are required to seek work.

A total of 2,235 people in the Moorlands (3.9 per cent of the population aged 16 to 64) were claiming the benefits on September 10 this year - an increase of 840 on the 1,395 (2.4 per cent) who were making claims on the same date in 2019 - an increase of 60 per cent.

There were 1,325 men making the claims in September 2020 - 4.6 per cent of the male population aged between 16 and 64. This is up from 855 (three per cent) at the same time last year and an increase of 54.97 per cent.

The number of women in the Moorlands claiming benefits was up from 540 (1.9 per cent of eligible women) to 910 (3.1 per cent) - an overall increase of 68.51 per cent year-on-year.

Across Staffordshire, not including Stoke-on-Trent, the number of people claiming the benefits has risen by more than 10,000 compared to this time last year - from 16,245 to 26,595.

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