York jobless rate at eight-year low

York jobless rate at eight-year low

York jobless rate at eight-year low

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UNEMPLOYMENT in York has fallen to its lowest level in at least eight years - to the delight of politicians from right and left.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) fell by 213 to 1,577 in June, or just 1.2 per cent of those eligible to claim - half the national average.

The city has seen a reduction of 974 since June 2013, meaning that number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has decreased by 38.2 per cent, and there are 300 fewer young people claiming JSA.

The latest figure is lower than at any time since January 2006, when a monthly time-series of statistics, provided by the Office for National Statistics, began.

It means the city is close to hitting one of its targets in its vision of a 'poverty-free York,' launched last year, which was for a 40 per cent fall in three-years.

However, there has also been a rise in the proportion of people in part-time, often low-paid work.

In Selby, the number of JSA claimants fell from 990 in May to 906 in June, or 1.7 per cent of those eligible - the lowest figure since September 2008.

In North Yorkshire, the number fell to 4,606 or 1.2 per cent of those eligible to claim, down from 5,044 or 1.4 per cent of those eligible in May.

In East Riding of Yorkshire, the number fell to 3,966 or 1.9 per cent of those eligible, from 4,216 or 2.1 per cent of those eligible.

City of York Council leader, Labour's James Alexander, said the figures were testament to the partnership working across the city to help secure jobs and growth.

“It has been a key focus of the council to work to ensure York bounces back from the recession with unemployment levels less than when it started and I am pleased to say we are there," he said. However, he stressed there were still issues of in-work poverty exacerbated by cost of living increases in housing, energy and childcare,

The Tory MP for Selby and Ainsty, Nigel Adams, said another large fall in unemployment was a sign that the Government's long term economic plan was working in the district.

"Since the Conservative led government came into office to rescue the economy, the number of people out of work in Selby and Ainsty has fallen by a staggering 45 per cent.

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8:36am Thu 17 Jul 14

allthingsconsidered says...

Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.
Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures. allthingsconsidered
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8:40am Thu 17 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

York reflects a national picture. Lower unemployment but really because there are more part-time and zero-hours workers. Try looking for a full time, contracted job and I'd say the situation looks far less rosy.
Am not anti-council by default, but it does seem strange they champion working with partners who offer living wage criteria, but then employ plenty of staff on sessional contracts, which in many instances are probably worse than zero hours.
York reflects a national picture. Lower unemployment but really because there are more part-time and zero-hours workers. Try looking for a full time, contracted job and I'd say the situation looks far less rosy. Am not anti-council by default, but it does seem strange they champion working with partners who offer living wage criteria, but then employ plenty of staff on sessional contracts, which in many instances are probably worse than zero hours. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 15

9:00am Thu 17 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

All praise be to jimmy alexander, another problem personally solved......
All praise be to jimmy alexander, another problem personally solved...... nearlyman
  • Score: 0

9:08am Thu 17 Jul 14

sniper 9964 says...

There is probably more unemployment than ever before. This is just smole and mirrors. Its down to how its recorded. More people are on training or on other benifits rather than JSA when my partner lost her job she could not claim JSA as I had a job. So on the government books she was not unemployed.
its more Tory bull
There is probably more unemployment than ever before. This is just smole and mirrors. Its down to how its recorded. More people are on training or on other benifits rather than JSA when my partner lost her job she could not claim JSA as I had a job. So on the government books she was not unemployed. its more Tory bull sniper 9964
  • Score: 7

11:15am Thu 17 Jul 14

CommonSense!! says...

allthingsconsidered wrote:
Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.
Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count?
[quote][p][bold]allthingsconsidered[/bold] wrote: Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.[/p][/quote]Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count? CommonSense!!
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12:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

BL2 says...

CommonSense!! wrote:
allthingsconsidered wrote:
Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.
Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count?
Because they are still unemployed!
[quote][p][bold]CommonSense!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allthingsconsidered[/bold] wrote: Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.[/p][/quote]Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count?[/p][/quote]Because they are still unemployed! BL2
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1:50pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ReginaldBiscuit says...

CommonSense!! wrote:
allthingsconsidered wrote:
Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.
Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count?
'Work-shy layabouts'? I think you will find most people without a job would love to work. For every available 'job', there are five people who could fill that role. The main issue with work as I see it are the numerous low paid part-time service sector non-jobs that have been created in the past few years. Poverty is rocketing in the UK as are division and inequality between the haves and have-nots. Poorly paid part-time jobs are one of the main reasons this is happening.

Another reason unemployment is going down is because the DWP are aggressively bashing claimants and making it harder for them them to claim from a system which is supposed to help them in times , not hinder. There has also been a huge surge in the numbers of people classed as self-employed who earn on average £10,000 per year. This again has been heartily encouraged by the DWP.

If you think the current government aren't pulling the wool over your eyes then you really are stupid. They've scapegoated the poor and worst off in society. In return, the banks continue to turn the screw. These people who brought the country to its knees not that many years ago had a 34% pay rise this year. And what has been done to take to task these banking individuals, many of whom committed criminals acts which still go unpunished? Well, some of the senior people have retired on 7 figure pensions. The poor darlings.

If you believe the the mantra about 'growth' that the banker-defending Lizard King puts out whilst sitting on his jewel encrusted throne in No 10, then again, you must be stupid. Growth creates entropy. His strategic funeral and yours.
[quote][p][bold]CommonSense!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allthingsconsidered[/bold] wrote: Yea but that's probably because they don't count people who are sanctioned or on the work programme or whatever other way they have of omitting figures.[/p][/quote]Sanctioned? I presume you mean they've had their benefits stopped as they're workshy layabouts? If so why should they count?[/p][/quote]'Work-shy layabouts'? I think you will find most people without a job would love to work. For every available 'job', there are five people who could fill that role. The main issue with work as I see it are the numerous low paid part-time service sector non-jobs that have been created in the past few years. Poverty is rocketing in the UK as are division and inequality between the haves and have-nots. Poorly paid part-time jobs are one of the main reasons this is happening. Another reason unemployment is going down is because the DWP are aggressively bashing claimants and making it harder for them them to claim from a system which is supposed to help them in times , not hinder. There has also been a huge surge in the numbers of people classed as self-employed who earn on average £10,000 per year. This again has been heartily encouraged by the DWP. If you think the current government aren't pulling the wool over your eyes then you really are stupid. They've scapegoated the poor and worst off in society. In return, the banks continue to turn the screw. These people who brought the country to its knees not that many years ago had a 34% pay rise this year. And what has been done to take to task these banking individuals, many of whom committed criminals acts which still go unpunished? Well, some of the senior people have retired on 7 figure pensions. The poor darlings. If you believe the the mantra about 'growth' that the banker-defending Lizard King puts out whilst sitting on his jewel encrusted throne in No 10, then again, you must be stupid. Growth creates entropy. His strategic funeral and yours. ReginaldBiscuit
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2:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

CommonSense!! says...

The stupidity comes from you not reading my post.

I have every sympathy with those suddenly unemployed, it can't be pleasant.

I have zero sympathy for those doing so little to get back into gainful employment that they have their benefits stopped.

As long as you carry on your little rant remember, you don't make poor people richer by making rich people poorer.
The stupidity comes from you not reading my post. I have every sympathy with those suddenly unemployed, it can't be pleasant. I have zero sympathy for those doing so little to get back into gainful employment that they have their benefits stopped. As long as you carry on your little rant remember, you don't make poor people richer by making rich people poorer. CommonSense!!
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3:50pm Thu 17 Jul 14

wildthing666 says...

There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data.
Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out.
There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data. Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out. wildthing666
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4:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

wildthing666 wrote:
There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data.
Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out.
What some people imagine is a job befitting of their experience, skills and qualifications is sometimes very much at variance with the number of posts available in those fields. If we keep training people in universities for jobs in which they will not have a cat in hells chance of getting , there will be rather a lot of people holding out for a job in that field rather than facing a life reality.
[quote][p][bold]wildthing666[/bold] wrote: There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data. Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out.[/p][/quote]What some people imagine is a job befitting of their experience, skills and qualifications is sometimes very much at variance with the number of posts available in those fields. If we keep training people in universities for jobs in which they will not have a cat in hells chance of getting , there will be rather a lot of people holding out for a job in that field rather than facing a life reality. nearlyman
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Digeorge says...

For the first time in a years, I have actually been interviewed twice by employers of a job a) which I haven't applied for i.e headhunted for a job which is suitable but wasn't looking at the time and b) of a job and skill rate that I can do!

That is not medical secretary given my history with the place, the Trusts have very kindly put an end to that skill and experience.
Let's see if either of these employers actually see sense in my abilities rather my disabilities!

But as for the figures,I m not in the figures nor are my friends at University. Guess massaged, and also the number of people sanctioned, not able to claim as contributions ran out.
For the first time in a years, I have actually been interviewed twice by employers of a job a) which I haven't applied for i.e headhunted for a job which is suitable but wasn't looking at the time and b) of a job and skill rate that I can do! That is not medical secretary given my history with the place, the Trusts have very kindly put an end to that skill and experience. Let's see if either of these employers actually see sense in my abilities rather my disabilities! But as for the figures,I m not in the figures nor are my friends at University. Guess massaged, and also the number of people sanctioned, not able to claim as contributions ran out. Digeorge
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

CommonSense!! says...

wildthing666 wrote:
There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data.
Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out.
The state shouldn't fund people being picky about what jobs they think they deserve.

If you're funding yourself then by all means wait for your perfect job to come along, money gives you the luxury of time.

To quote Thomas Jefferson "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not"
[quote][p][bold]wildthing666[/bold] wrote: There are some, a few, maybe immigrants, maybe UK nationals, who will claim any benefits they can while giving any excuse not to look for work or filling in fake job search data. Not everyone wants to work as a cleaner or in a care home, there are people who have experience in a particular field and will hold out for a job in that field. Sanctions, and workfare, are just George Iain Duncan Smith's way of forcing people into losing money if they speak out.[/p][/quote]The state shouldn't fund people being picky about what jobs they think they deserve. If you're funding yourself then by all means wait for your perfect job to come along, money gives you the luxury of time. To quote Thomas Jefferson "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not" CommonSense!!
  • Score: 2
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