THE number of unemployed people in West Berkshire has fallen since last month.
Figures released today show that 492 people in the district were registered as claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in September - around 0.5 per cent of the population.
Of the 492 registered claimants 290 were male and 202 were female. Eighty-five of the 492 were aged 18 to 24.
However, when the number of people claiming Universal Credit is factored in the number rises to 540. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work and replaces six existing benefits.
West Berkshire remains one of the lowest authorities in Berkshire for unemployment.
Compared to the other five local authorities Bracknell Forest had 595 people claiming JSA in August (0.8 per cent); Reading 1,495 (1.4 per cent); Slough 1,305 (1.4 per cent); Windsor and Maidenhead 635 (0.7per cent); Wokingham 540 (0.5 per cent)
The figures for September show a reduction on the 519 people in West Berkshire registered as claiming JSA in August.
A year ago, there were 695 people (0.7 per cent of the population) registered.
In September 2010 the number of registered claimants in the district stood at 1,926 (1.9 per cent of the district's population)