The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen again.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show 4,073 people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in April, a fall of 288 on the previous month.

There are now 2,755 fewer people claiming the benefit than at the same time last year and the figure is the lowest since July 2008.

Nationally, claimants fell by 25,100 to 1.12 million, the 18th consecutive monthly reduction, giving a jobless rate of 6.8 per cent.