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Economy Dashboard: February 2012 Data

February 2012 claimant rates by ward more >>

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 Claimant ratesHighest Ward rate in district% change in unemployment since February 2011
 February 11February 12WardRateWardChange
England and Wales3.7%4.1%    
East Midlands3.5%4.0%    
East Lindsey3.9%4.3%Scarbrough11.3%Trinity2.7%
North Kesteven2.1%2.4%Sleaford Westholme6.1%Sleaford Westholme2.0%
South Holland3.2%3.4%Spalding St Paul's5.6%Sutton Bridge0.9%
South Kesteven2.6%2.9%Earlesfield7.4%Morkery1.8%
West Lindsey3.4%4.1%Gainsborough SW12.7%Gainsborough SW2.0%

Unemployment rate more >>

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Number of jobseeker claimants per vacancy more >>

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Vacancies notified to JobCentre Plus (rate per 100 persons aged 16+) more >>

Chart showing vacancies notified to JobCentre Plus (rate per 100 persons aged 16+)

Average house prices (£ thousands)

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Repossession claims per 1,000 population

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Local headlines

During February 2012, the number of people unemployed and claiming benefits in Lincolnshire increased by 358 people (2%) on the previous month. In total, 16,390 people in Lincolnshire were claiming unemployment benefit during January (11% more than at the same time last year). Lincolnshire’s overall unemployment rate has increased 0.1% to 3.8%, but remains below regional and national rates of 4.0% and 4.1% respectively, both of which also increased by 0.1%.

Job announcements this month include:

  • Work has started on a new Lincoln hotel which will create 50 jobs
  • A fast food outlet and a new pub are being built in Gainsborough, creating 115 jobs between them
  • A Lincolnshire-based charity that provides further education for learning disabled students has announced it will cut up to 350 jobs
  • 40 jobs were lost from a Skegness based company when it ceased trading at the beginning of the month
  • A new bar in Lincoln will create up to 12 jobs

From BBC News

'Very significant' cuts still to come

"Very significant" government spending cuts will be imposed before the next general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank warns.

Public finances better off by £27bn

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts a £27bn improvement in the public finances over the next five years.

'Give Africa $16bn for climate change'

Temperatures across the globe are likely to break records in 2015 with readings running "well above" any previous year, scientists say.

Useful links

Lincolnshire Economic and Business Briefing

This briefing provides an up to date national, regional and local overview of how businesses are faring.

Lincolnshire – A Local Economic Assessment 2011

Part of the Drivers for Change series. The economic assessment for Lincolnshire aims to provide a clear understanding of the county’s economy – including the current position and how it may change in the future.

Key national indicators

Quarterly change in Gross Domestic Product more >>

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Quarterly change in services output more >>

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Monthly change in manufacturing output more >>

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Monthly average exchange rate (£) more >>

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Office for National Statistics

Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, November 2015

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National Balance Sheet, 2015 Estimates

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Focus on property crime, 2014 to 2015

Analyses from the 2014 to 2015 Crime Survey for England and Wales and crimes recorded by police.

Services Producer Price Indices - Quarter 3 (Jul to Sep) 2015

Service Producer Price Indices providing a measure of inflation for the UK service sector.