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Unemployment total drops again in York
THE jobless rate has fallen in York as the city continues to buck national and regional economic trends.
Latest unemployment statistics show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the City of York Council area dropped from 3,682 in February to 3,615 last month, or 2.6 per cent of those eligible.
That was the same percentage as in March last year, but across the Yorkshire region the percentage rose from 4.4 per cent in March last year to 4.9 per cent last month, and nationwide the figure increased from 3.7 per cent in March 2011 to 4.1 per cent last month.
Council leader James Alexander said that York was once again showing its resilience in persistently difficult economic times, when compared with both the regional and national pictures.
“This is positive, but as I’ve said in the past, we must take advantage of York’s unique offer and capitalise on it,” he said.
“Job creation, job retention and economic growth are what we are working with the private sector to achieve.”
Green Party councillor Dave Taylor said York needed to achieve the right balance. He said: “No one wants unemployment, but nor would York benefit from rampant growth requiring more people to move here, vast new housing estates and chronic traffic congestion.”
Tory group leader Coun Ian Gillies said York had the benefit of a diverse economy, which helped protect the city from economic extremes.
“We need to ensure that we do all we can to attract appropriate business to the city, and support the continued success of those already established here,” he said.
A report by think tank the Centre For Cities said York had one of the country’s ten lowest percentage increases in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants.
In North Yorkshire, the number of people claiming the allowance fell from 10,856 in February to 10,502 last month, or 2.8 per cent of eligible claimants, and there was a similar fall in East Riding of Yorkshire from 7,607 to 7,393 or 3.5 per cent. In Selby, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell from 1,733 to 1,694, or 3.2 per cent, while in Ryedale it rose from 761 to 763.