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Jobseekers' Allowance claims rise in Oxfordshire again
The number of people signing on the dole in Oxfordshire has risen for the second month in a row, bucking the national trend.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show 6,842 people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in January, a rise of 280 on the previous month.
But nationally the claimant count fell for the third month in a row, down by 12,500 to 1.54 million, the lowest since June 2011 following a huge increase in employment.
Unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 14,000 in the final quarter of last year to 2.5 million — 156,000 lower than a year ago.
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