THERE are now more than 5,000 jobless people in North Staffordshire claiming benefits following the outbreak if the coronavirus pandemic.
And there is more to come with the threat of continued job losses resulting from the effects of the deadly virus that has crippled the country since March.
In the Staffordshire Moorlands, the claimant count taken in April almost doubled from 920 to 1,760, while in neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent the figure soared from 7,320 to 10,555 - a 40 per cent rise.
The claimant count is a combination of Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit claimants.
Across the country, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit has increased from 1.3 million to 2.1 million in April.