Office for National Statistics figures shows claimant count in the  six local authority areas of the Liverpool city region fell by 2,317

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Merseyside fell by more than 8% to 26,429 between October and November, official figures show.

That means there were 2,317 fewer claimants in the six local authority areas of the Liverpool city region over the period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The year-on-year fall is even more dramatic with the data showing there were 15,571 fewer claimants in November this year compared with the same month in 2013.

Liverpool saw the biggest fall of 1,263 followed by Sefton with a drop of 333, Wirral where it fell by 257, Knowsley had 233 less, St Helens 207 and Halton 24.

Nationally, the data showed another fall in unemployment and a record number of people in work.

But a cut of 63,000 in the jobless total to 1.96m between August and October was the smallest quarterly fall for a year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 30.8m people were in work, the highest since records began in 1971, and 588,000 up on a year ago.

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance was down by 26,900 in November to 900,100 – the 25th consecutive monthly fall.

Pay, including bonuses, increased by 1.4% in the year to October, up by 0.4% on the previous month, and higher than the current rate of CPI inflation.

Average pay is now £483 a week before tax and other deductions, an increase of 55.3% compared to the year 2000.

Other data showed that public sector employment has fallen by 7,000 to 5.4m, the lowest level since records began in 1999, although many public sector employees have been reclassified as being in the private sector if they work for school academies.

The UK’s unemployment rate is now 6%, down by 0.2% on the previous quarter and by 1.4% over the past year.

Literature taken form Liverpool Echo website –