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Unemployment figures falling in Shropshire

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Joblessness fell in Shropshire for the second consecutive month during April, despite the national employment figure falling at its fastest rate since autumn 2011, official figures showed today.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in the county declined from 4,825 in March to 4,670 last month, a figure reflected in a UK-wide decline of 7,300 in the number of people signing on.

However, nationally unemployment increased between January and March, with 15,000 more people out of work to make a total of 2.52 million, the Office for National Statistics revealed today.

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