Melton’s employment rate soars above the national average - and is county’s highest

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The number of people with jobs in Melton has soared above the national average.

New figures show that 81 per cent of Melton’s working age population are currently in work.

That is well above the national average of 73 per cent, which itself is a record high for the country.

And, according to a spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions, the employment rate in Melton is the highest across Leicestershire.

The figures show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Melton fell to 247 in October - down 115 - compared to 362 for the same month last year.

In addition, the figures show that the number of claimants aged 18-24 dropped to 45 last month compared to 90 a year ago - a fall of 50 per cent.