Fall in number of unemployed in York and North Yorkshire

Fall in number of unemployed in York and North Yorkshire

Fall in number of unemployed in York and North Yorkshire

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UNEMPLOYMENT numbers have fallen in York and North Yorkshire, with fewer people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), this month.

New figures by the Office of National Statistics, released yesterday, showed the number of people claiming JSA in York dropped in December to 2,127 – a reduction of six from last month, and only 1.6 per cent of those eligible for the benefit.

The figures mark the tenth consecutive drop in JSA claimants, and were welcomed by Council Leader James Alexander, who said the figures showed York “continues to outperform the country and the region in tackling unemployment”.

He said: “It is also good to see that York is continuing its progression towards pre-recession levels of unemployment, something which the council is striving to reach as soon as possible. The fact that the last three years have seen a reduction in Job Seekers Allowanceclaimants of 36.4 per cent is encouraging and shows that the council is continuing to prioritise jobs and growth across the city.”

In Selby, 1,060 people were registered to claim JSA, a drop of 20 since November’s figures were released.

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, said: “The latest drop in those seeking Job Seekers Allowance and the record rise in employment nationally is extremely encouraging and further confirmation that our part of North Yorkshire and Britain is on the road to recovery under the Government’s long term economic plan”

In East Yorkshire, 5,288 people claimed JSA compared with 5,208 the previous month, 2.6 per cent of those eligible - a rise of 0.1 per cent.

The national average percentage of people eligible for JSA is currently 2.9 per cent, in the Yorkshire region the average is 3.8 per cent, but Coun Alexander said the lower figures did not reflect the numbers of people who were in work, but still living in poverty due to rising cost of living.

He said he had written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron recommending minimum wage match the living wage, and said he expected the number of jobseekers to rise in coming months as people seek a post-Christmas change.

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9:38am Thu 23 Jan 14

meme says...

why cannot politicians acknowledge a good statistic? Alexander almost sounds like he hopes the number of people seeking work will rise! Its not perfect out there but a **** site better than it could have been. Some are being left behind and that will be the next issue the Government will tackle when there is some money available which is in short supply due to the last Labour Governments performance
we are the second fastest growing economy in the developed world and perhaps its something ALL politicians should celebrate and not moan about
why cannot politicians acknowledge a good statistic? Alexander almost sounds like he hopes the number of people seeking work will rise! Its not perfect out there but a **** site better than it could have been. Some are being left behind and that will be the next issue the Government will tackle when there is some money available which is in short supply due to the last Labour Governments performance we are the second fastest growing economy in the developed world and perhaps its something ALL politicians should celebrate and not moan about meme
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11:04am Thu 23 Jan 14

X5019c says...

Unfortunately our country is still ruled by greed. A lot of those statistics are skewed as they include people shifted from one benefit to another. Also the evil that is zero hour contract is still flourishing. What's the point in having the second fasted growing economy in the world if the only people who benefit from it are those at the very top? Until politicians stop focusing on global pecking orders and start caring about the people things sadly won't improve.
Unfortunately our country is still ruled by greed. A lot of those statistics are skewed as they include people shifted from one benefit to another. Also the evil that is zero hour contract is still flourishing. What's the point in having the second fasted growing economy in the world if the only people who benefit from it are those at the very top? Until politicians stop focusing on global pecking orders and start caring about the people things sadly won't improve. X5019c
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12:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

meme says...

But its not only those at the top benefitting
.Accepted the disparity between wealthy and not wealthy has widened but
most are not in poverty and considering how they live in southern Europe etc we are all positively rich
Surely our Government deserves some thanks for keeping us out of the state of countries like Greece/Spain/Italy etc it sure as hell was not labour who sorted this out or had a hope of doing so
Remember the flippant leaving message when they lost the election ''good luck there is no money left'' Labour should forever hang their heads in shame!
But its not only those at the top benefitting .Accepted the disparity between wealthy and not wealthy has widened but most are not in poverty and considering how they live in southern Europe etc we are all positively rich Surely our Government deserves some thanks for keeping us out of the state of countries like Greece/Spain/Italy etc it sure as hell was not labour who sorted this out or had a hope of doing so Remember the flippant leaving message when they lost the election ''good luck there is no money left'' Labour should forever hang their heads in shame! meme
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2:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

Statistics once again=idiot with a pencil and a rubber and possibly a calculator.
Statistics once again=idiot with a pencil and a rubber and possibly a calculator. CHISSY1
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Why do we immediately believe the figures when unemployment goes up... yet disbelieve 'em when they come down?
Why do we immediately believe the figures when unemployment goes up... yet disbelieve 'em when they come down? Garrowby Turnoff
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5:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

JHardacre says...

Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many.
Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many. JHardacre
  • Score: 6

8:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Silver says...

JHardacre wrote:
Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many.
Beat me to it. Fully agree with you
[quote][p][bold]JHardacre[/bold] wrote: Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many.[/p][/quote]Beat me to it. Fully agree with you Silver
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

Silver wrote:
JHardacre wrote:
Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many.
Beat me to it. Fully agree with you
But aren't a lot of those on Incapacity Benefit being transferred onto Jobseekers, which you'd think would push unemployment up?
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JHardacre[/bold] wrote: Of course the number of claimants has gone down. The Government is stopping benefits for many.[/p][/quote]Beat me to it. Fully agree with you[/p][/quote]But aren't a lot of those on Incapacity Benefit being transferred onto Jobseekers, which you'd think would push unemployment up? Daisy75
  • Score: 0

1:27am Sat 25 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

its THE FALL OF THOSE WHO CAN CLAIM, NOT JOBLESS , MASSIC=VE DIFFERENCE
its THE FALL OF THOSE WHO CAN CLAIM, NOT JOBLESS , MASSIC=VE DIFFERENCE Dave Ruddock
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