Leicestershire dole queue rise blamed on high street jobs gloom
An extra 622 people joined Leicestershire's dole queue last month, new figures showed today.
The number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in the county rose by 2.8 per cent to 22,567 between January and February.
The increase is being blamed on the axing of dozens of county jobs following the collapse of high street chains such as Jessops and Blockbuster over the past two months.
Experts also said the figures were also affected by the ending of shop, hotel and leisure job appointments after the Christmas and New Year sales period.
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Max Boden, policy manager at Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are quite conscious of the impact of the collapse of Jessops and other high street chains on these figures."