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More young claim jobseeker's allowance in Cornwall

The number of people under the age of 24 who are out of work in Cornwall and claiming jobseeker's allowance has risen slightly, official figures show.

The figure for October from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has risen to 2,990.

This is 6.9% of the under-24 population in Cornwall, an increase of 160 on September.

The total number of claimants across the county also rose to 9,013 - 304 more than in September.

It represents 2.7% of the county's working population, a figure which remains below the 3.8% national average.

'Hidden unemployment'

Nationally, the jobless total for 16 to 24 year olds hit a record high of 1.02 million in the last quarter.

Overall UK unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to September, to 2.62 million.

BBC South West's business correspondent, Neil Gallacherm said: "Going by the claimant count unemployment in our shire counties is well below the equivalent UK figure.

"In our unitary authorities, Plymouth and Torbay, the percentage of people claiming is about the same as the UK.

"But the claimant count leaves out many people who are essentially unemployed but do not claim jobseeker's allowance.

"Therefore there are grounds for suspecting that the South West could have more than its fair share of this hidden unemployment."

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