Latest employment figures mirror pre recession levels

York Press: Latest employment figures mirror pre recession levels Latest employment figures mirror pre recession levels

EMPLOYMENT figures in York are continuing to rise to pre recession levels as the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance drops once again.

In April unemployment figures dropped to their lowest since before recession, with 1,931 claimants.

New figures released yesterday revealed the number of claimants has fallen once again, with May's statistics 1.5 per cent lower.

Last month there were 1,790 claimants, 141 less than in April, and 973 less than May 2013, resulting in a year on year decrease of 35.2 per cent.

The claimant count represents 1.3 per cent of the working population, falling lower than the regional average which stands at 3.4 per cent and the national average of 2.6 per cent.

May's statistics also showed a fall in youth unemployment, with a reduction of 325 young people, aged between 18 and 24, claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the last year, representing a fall of 50 per cent from May 2013.

Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council said: “These results are testament to the partnership working in the city to help secure jobs and growth, this work is highlighted by the fact that York continues to outperform national and regional figures.

"Despite this good news we must continue to work hard to further reduce unemployment levels in the coming months."

The number of claimants in North Yorkshire was down from 5,488 in April to 5,044 in May, with the percentage of the working population claiming jobseeker's allowance down 0.1 per cent.

A drop 0.1 per cent was mirrored across the county with the percentage of people claiming in Selby falling from 1.9 per cent to 1.8 per cent, while in Ryedale there was a drop of 1.3 per cent to 1.2 per cent, and in East Riding numbers fells from 2.2 per cent to 2.1 per cent.

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1:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

courier46 says...

Let`s take away the disgraceful zero hour contracts and all the people who cant get full time hours that they want,and then give those figures out again,
smoke and mirrors.Trust Alexander to get his two pennyworth in again.
Let`s take away the disgraceful zero hour contracts and all the people who cant get full time hours that they want,and then give those figures out again, smoke and mirrors.Trust Alexander to get his two pennyworth in again. courier46
  • Score: 10

1:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

meme says...

This is good not bad news; Its not perfect but at least there are jobs out there. There is always someone who moans about good stuff
Alexander cannot claim all the benefit however as its national policies not local ones driving the recovery.
This is good not bad news; Its not perfect but at least there are jobs out there. There is always someone who moans about good stuff Alexander cannot claim all the benefit however as its national policies not local ones driving the recovery. meme
  • Score: -8

2:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Why does Alexander stick his nose in, wonders if hes reconnoitering for jobs for the Labor Party
Why does Alexander stick his nose in, wonders if hes reconnoitering for jobs for the Labor Party Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 11

2:39pm Thu 12 Jun 14

courier46 says...

meme wrote:
This is good not bad news; Its not perfect but at least there are jobs out there. There is always someone who moans about good stuff
Alexander cannot claim all the benefit however as its national policies not local ones driving the recovery.
Good news for who? not the thousands /millions in low paid jobs who cant or struggle to put food on the table or pay basic bills!
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: This is good not bad news; Its not perfect but at least there are jobs out there. There is always someone who moans about good stuff Alexander cannot claim all the benefit however as its national policies not local ones driving the recovery.[/p][/quote]Good news for who? not the thousands /millions in low paid jobs who cant or struggle to put food on the table or pay basic bills! courier46
  • Score: 12

2:46pm Thu 12 Jun 14

meme says...

courier I said its not perfect if it was we would all be worth squillions..........
.....BUT at least there is work.It has to be better than dole!
courier I said its not perfect if it was we would all be worth squillions.......... .....BUT at least there is work.It has to be better than dole! meme
  • Score: -6

5:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

HB at Haxby says...

I find Cllr James Alexander's comments interesting. He seems to be claiming that Council's activities are supporting the employment trend. From a personal experience in setting up a business in Haxby with charitable objectives and operating across all of York (and N.Yorkshire) we have found that York Council are unsupportive, refuse to discuss or appreciate business start up issues. Our cash flow has been hit to such a degree by Council activities that we survive day to day rather than 4 month to four month as was in our business plan. We continue to provide a high quality service to clients but are fearful that tomorrow we are out of business. I would urge Cllr Alexander to get real or at least by honest rather than trying to claim achievements that happen despite rather than because of Council activities... and don;t get me started on the Lendal fiasco??
I find Cllr James Alexander's comments interesting. He seems to be claiming that Council's activities are supporting the employment trend. From a personal experience in setting up a business in Haxby with charitable objectives and operating across all of York (and N.Yorkshire) we have found that York Council are unsupportive, refuse to discuss or appreciate business start up issues. Our cash flow has been hit to such a degree by Council activities that we survive day to day rather than 4 month to four month as was in our business plan. We continue to provide a high quality service to clients but are fearful that tomorrow we are out of business. I would urge Cllr Alexander to get real or at least by honest rather than trying to claim achievements that happen despite rather than because of Council activities... and don;t get me started on the Lendal fiasco?? HB at Haxby
  • Score: 7

6:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Ichabod76 says...

HB at Haxby wrote:
I find Cllr James Alexander's comments interesting. He seems to be claiming that Council's activities are supporting the employment trend. From a personal experience in setting up a business in Haxby with charitable objectives and operating across all of York (and N.Yorkshire) we have found that York Council are unsupportive, refuse to discuss or appreciate business start up issues. Our cash flow has been hit to such a degree by Council activities that we survive day to day rather than 4 month to four month as was in our business plan. We continue to provide a high quality service to clients but are fearful that tomorrow we are out of business. I would urge Cllr Alexander to get real or at least by honest rather than trying to claim achievements that happen despite rather than because of Council activities... and don;t get me started on the Lendal fiasco??
The problem is, James Alexander doesn't know how to run a business,
hell he wasn't even a very good shop assistant.
[quote][p][bold]HB at Haxby[/bold] wrote: I find Cllr James Alexander's comments interesting. He seems to be claiming that Council's activities are supporting the employment trend. From a personal experience in setting up a business in Haxby with charitable objectives and operating across all of York (and N.Yorkshire) we have found that York Council are unsupportive, refuse to discuss or appreciate business start up issues. Our cash flow has been hit to such a degree by Council activities that we survive day to day rather than 4 month to four month as was in our business plan. We continue to provide a high quality service to clients but are fearful that tomorrow we are out of business. I would urge Cllr Alexander to get real or at least by honest rather than trying to claim achievements that happen despite rather than because of Council activities... and don;t get me started on the Lendal fiasco??[/p][/quote]The problem is, James Alexander doesn't know how to run a business, hell he wasn't even a very good shop assistant. Ichabod76
  • Score: -64

11:36pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

How many of these have found work and how many are people who have been sanctioned, ie stopped from claiming?
How many of these have found work and how many are people who have been sanctioned, ie stopped from claiming? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

4:13am Fri 13 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Out of those who are now 'in work', I wonder how many started their own buisness because there were no actual jobs around...?
Out of those who are now 'in work', I wonder how many started their own buisness because there were no actual jobs around...? Magicman!
  • Score: 5

8:24am Fri 13 Jun 14

Jack Ham says...

Alexander is a one trick pony.

Blame the government - pretend everything is bad - scare people into voting for him and his deceitful local party.
Alexander is a one trick pony. Blame the government - pretend everything is bad - scare people into voting for him and his deceitful local party. Jack Ham
  • Score: -65

9:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

Digeorge says...

Question is how many people aren't signing on, being sanctioned.

I was looking for a job for ages, decided to go back to University. There are a number like me.

Quite happy to go back to work when finally my medical stuff will be sorted but wonder who will take me on despite my skills and experience as tick a 'disability' box and would have probably had a job ages ago despite that.
Question is how many people aren't signing on, being sanctioned. I was looking for a job for ages, decided to go back to University. There are a number like me. Quite happy to go back to work when finally my medical stuff will be sorted but wonder who will take me on despite my skills and experience as tick a 'disability' box and would have probably had a job ages ago despite that. Digeorge
  • Score: 1

9:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

Ichabod76 says...

Magicman! wrote:
Out of those who are now 'in work', I wonder how many started their own buisness because there were no actual jobs around...?
Is starting your own business not a proper job ?
are those people just messing about waiting for a shelf stacking job ?
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Out of those who are now 'in work', I wonder how many started their own buisness because there were no actual jobs around...?[/p][/quote]Is starting your own business not a proper job ? are those people just messing about waiting for a shelf stacking job ? Ichabod76
  • Score: 0

11:30am Fri 13 Jun 14

courier46 says...

meme wrote:
courier I said its not perfect if it was we would all be worth squillions..........

.....BUT at least there is work.It has to be better than dole!
Your like my wife,talk rubbish to win an arguement.Zero hours should not be legal this government is a disgrace for not stopping them and yes of course if your on part time on £120 it`s better than £70 dole and you get some dignity but on ground level these are people really struggling ,i guess you are not one of them.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: courier I said its not perfect if it was we would all be worth squillions.......... .....BUT at least there is work.It has to be better than dole![/p][/quote]Your like my wife,talk rubbish to win an arguement.Zero hours should not be legal this government is a disgrace for not stopping them and yes of course if your on part time on £120 it`s better than £70 dole and you get some dignity but on ground level these are people really struggling ,i guess you are not one of them. courier46
  • Score: 2

6:45am Sat 14 Jun 14

boroboy66 says...

Low figures dont represent all the workforce on agency work short time,and dont even register unemployment as its so difficult to allow these people to claim just another spin put out by the powers to be actually figures are worse now than 10yrs ago in real terms of people out of full time employment.
Low figures dont represent all the workforce on agency work short time,and dont even register unemployment as its so difficult to allow these people to claim just another spin put out by the powers to be actually figures are worse now than 10yrs ago in real terms of people out of full time employment. boroboy66
  • Score: 0

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