Jobless totals fall in York and North Yorkshire

York Press: Jobless totals fall in York and North Yorkshire Jobless totals fall in York and North Yorkshire

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 today, showed the number of people claiming JSA in York dropped in December to 2,127 - a reduction of 6 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 jobseekers claimants 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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10:24pm Wed 22 Jan 14

baldiebiker says...

Less people claiming JSA = more people claiming training and other benifits.
Less people claiming JSA = more people claiming training and other benifits. baldiebiker
  • Score: 6

10:36pm Wed 22 Jan 14

piemagico says...

Government training people to get back to work? Disgusting.
Government training people to get back to work? Disgusting. piemagico
  • Score: -8

11:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Silver says...

I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need.
I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need. Silver
  • Score: 11

11:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Silver says...

Silver wrote:
I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need.
Whoops 60 jobs a year was meant to be per week
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need.[/p][/quote]Whoops 60 jobs a year was meant to be per week Silver
  • Score: 8

2:10am Thu 23 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Silver wrote:
I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need.
The name "Wolf" has come up so many times, along with similar stories and basic thoughts that he acts like a jackass, that I have lost count.
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: I've had issues with the Job Centre. I'm now in full time work.In all fairnessthe 99% of them did the best they could really could offer. But the 1% is a guy called Wolf who was a total ****. He crossed boundaries of jurisdiction and didn't accept the fact I was looking for work. Until 2013 I'd struggled to find a permanent job having been a temp for 7 years in a multitude of jobs. I'd generally have a few weeks of unemployment but was trying for permanent jobs. I'd been a temp for longer then the usual average which is 3 months, I'd be a temp for at least 2 years. Not only did he have a serious go at me for my work ethic (I applied for roughly 60 jobs a year) He also did the same to a friends of mine mother who was vulnerable as she had become a widow. To those that encounter this individual in their search for work I offer you my sympathies because you do NOT deserve the treatment he deals out and HE deserves to be named and shamed for his treatment of those in need.[/p][/quote]The name "Wolf" has come up so many times, along with similar stories and basic thoughts that he acts like a jackass, that I have lost count. Magicman!
  • Score: 7

2:11am Thu 23 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

New figures by the Office of National Statistics, released today, showed the number of people claiming JSA in York dropped in December to 2,127

When your benefit has been sanctioned, or you are put onto the Work Programme, or are otherwise in jobcentre-based training, you are technically not claiming JSA.
[quote]New figures by the Office of National Statistics, released today, showed the number of people claiming JSA in York dropped in December to 2,127[/quote] When your benefit has been sanctioned, or you are put onto the Work Programme, or are otherwise in jobcentre-based training, you are technically not claiming JSA. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

7:26am Thu 23 Jan 14

oldgoat says...

When they publish the real numbers - full time jobs, paid enough to live on, with the word permanent added, I'll start to take some notice, and perhaps believe the statistics.
Until then, for all we know, the numbers consist of part time, zero-hours, minimum wage cleaners.
When they publish the real numbers - full time jobs, paid enough to live on, with the word permanent added, I'll start to take some notice, and perhaps believe the statistics. Until then, for all we know, the numbers consist of part time, zero-hours, minimum wage cleaners. oldgoat
  • Score: 7

8:28am Thu 23 Jan 14

nearlyman says...

Alexander appears to believe its all down to him !!
Alexander appears to believe its all down to him !! nearlyman
  • Score: 5

10:20am Thu 23 Jan 14

boroboy66 says...

What about the hundreds or possibly thousands who can only get agency work and do not claim unemployment benefit,as the red tape makes it impossible to claim and so they do not do so,my son and his friends all were on agency books and none of em claimed so were not registered unemployed,even tho work was very erratic and some weeks none at all.The government encourages this so as to manipulate the figures please dont get duped into thinking all is getting better on the work front,also these ridiculous apprentice schemes which are of no real substance and pay less than the legal minimum wage get our youngsters off the unemployment register,with no chance or hope of a proper job.
What about the hundreds or possibly thousands who can only get agency work and do not claim unemployment benefit,as the red tape makes it impossible to claim and so they do not do so,my son and his friends all were on agency books and none of em claimed so were not registered unemployed,even tho work was very erratic and some weeks none at all.The government encourages this so as to manipulate the figures please dont get duped into thinking all is getting better on the work front,also these ridiculous apprentice schemes which are of no real substance and pay less than the legal minimum wage get our youngsters off the unemployment register,with no chance or hope of a proper job. boroboy66
  • Score: 7

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