Fewer jobless in York for fifth month in row

Fewer jobless in York for fifth month in row

Fewer jobless in York for fifth month in row

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Unemployment in York has dropped for the fifth month in succession.

Figures highlighting the number of residents claiming Jobseeker's Allowance show those signing up for the benefits has dropped by 974 since July 2013, and now stands at 1,516 compared to 1,577 last month.

And the amount of people joining the dole queue has shortened throughout North Yorkshire, including Selby and Ryedale.

There are now 4,376 people on JSA, 2,588 fewer than July 2013.

JSA claimants in East Yorkshire have gone from 3,966 in June 2014 to 3,907 last month.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council said: “I’m pleased council investment in the city’s economy and our partnership working with York’s private sector is beginning to pay off, as York continues to outperform the country and the region in tackling unemployment.

“However today’s figures mask the issue of in-work poverty exacerbated by cost of living increases which is why we must look at securing further investment into the city to secure further jobs and growth as well continuing our work on the Living Wage. "Another issue we need to continue to tackle through partnership working is the number of residents who are working part time or on zero hours contracts.

"Many in employment in York are also on benefits due to low wages and it isn't good enough.

"As York approaches full employment, we need to focus on the issue of wage levels and to do so we need more better paid jobs.”

In Selby, claimants dropped from 906 in June 2014 to 883 in July.

The figures were again encouraging to business leaders compared to 1,202 claimants at the same point last year.

James Dunwell, secretary of Selby Chamber of Trade, said: "There's no doubt the economy is getting healthier.

"There's a definite increase in activity and people are starting to look at taking staff on.

"We have had a couple of large recruitment drives like Clipper Logistics taking on a huge amount of people through their links with ASOS, so there are a lot of opportunities being created.

"The more people in work means people have more money to spend, and the high street and local trade will do better."

Unemployment in Ryedale also fell from 470 in July 2013 to 331 by last month.

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12:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

wildthing666 says...

Probably due to more people been sanctioned and not bothering to sign on. Come next May the only Conservative seats they will be will be their safe seats and that will be with a massively reduced majority.
Probably due to more people been sanctioned and not bothering to sign on. Come next May the only Conservative seats they will be will be their safe seats and that will be with a massively reduced majority. wildthing666
  • Score: 17

3:25pm Thu 14 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

There has always been a job and plenty of work for people who want it.
There has always been a job and plenty of work for people who want it. smudge2
  • Score: -12

4:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Fanny Free House says...

Cllr James Alexander.
“I’m pleased council investment in the city’s economy".

Like what, when and how much, now valuate your impact by apportioning investment to results.

Cllr James Alexander.
However today’s figures mask the issue of in-work poverty.

Interesting that in-work poverty is being exposed as unacceptable. For many already suffering in-work poverty it was never masked being a daily reality. But never mind I'm sure there are people for whom the reality of in-work poverty is in reality looming, and so it becomes an issue, "enjoy your meal, have a nice day".
Cllr James Alexander. “I’m pleased council investment in the city’s economy". Like what, when and how much, now valuate your impact by apportioning investment to results. Cllr James Alexander. However today’s figures mask the issue of in-work poverty. Interesting that in-work poverty is being exposed as unacceptable. For many already suffering in-work poverty it was never masked being a daily reality. But never mind I'm sure there are people for whom the reality of in-work poverty is in reality looming, and so it becomes an issue, "enjoy your meal, have a nice day". Fanny Free House
  • Score: -46

6:35am Fri 15 Aug 14

big boy york says...

does'nt take into account zero hour contracts or those that have been sanctioned which i understand at the moment is at an all time high, i was sanctioned last year for missing an advisors app i knew nothing about, upon appeal i found out there someone else with the same name as me n it was his app that got missed so i happily accepted the 13 weeks back money but got nothing to compensate the 13 weeks i went without
does'nt take into account zero hour contracts or those that have been sanctioned which i understand at the moment is at an all time high, i was sanctioned last year for missing an advisors app i knew nothing about, upon appeal i found out there someone else with the same name as me n it was his app that got missed so i happily accepted the 13 weeks back money but got nothing to compensate the 13 weeks i went without big boy york
  • Score: 10

10:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

Or those whose contributory based JSA has run out after six months and can't be bothered as not worthwhile signing on as costs more money and haste to sign on as won't get anything anyway.
Or those whose contributory based JSA has run out after six months and can't be bothered as not worthwhile signing on as costs more money and haste to sign on as won't get anything anyway. Digeorge
  • Score: 7

11:28am Fri 15 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

smudge2 wrote:
There has always been a job and plenty of work for people who want it.
Exactly right!! How many millions have come to this country in the last 10 years and found work? I met a lovely Romanian girl in the gym the other day, fresh over, now working at KFC on Clifton Moor, Why couldn't one of our own young girls take that job? Oh, because she probably had a couple of kids out of wedlock to get benefits and a 'free' house!!
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: There has always been a job and plenty of work for people who want it.[/p][/quote]Exactly right!! How many millions have come to this country in the last 10 years and found work? I met a lovely Romanian girl in the gym the other day, fresh over, now working at KFC on Clifton Moor, Why couldn't one of our own young girls take that job? Oh, because she probably had a couple of kids out of wedlock to get benefits and a 'free' house!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -18

12:12pm Sat 16 Aug 14

CommonSense!! says...

big boy york wrote:
does'nt take into account zero hour contracts or those that have been sanctioned which i understand at the moment is at an all time high, i was sanctioned last year for missing an advisors app i knew nothing about, upon appeal i found out there someone else with the same name as me n it was his app that got missed so i happily accepted the 13 weeks back money but got nothing to compensate the 13 weeks i went without
You'd have better spent this 13 week period getting yourself a job rather than bleating about compensation.

A better grasp of the written word would be a good idea too. Read back through your message and think to yourself "if I was an employer would I give a job to someone who wrote like this"?
[quote][p][bold]big boy york[/bold] wrote: does'nt take into account zero hour contracts or those that have been sanctioned which i understand at the moment is at an all time high, i was sanctioned last year for missing an advisors app i knew nothing about, upon appeal i found out there someone else with the same name as me n it was his app that got missed so i happily accepted the 13 weeks back money but got nothing to compensate the 13 weeks i went without[/p][/quote]You'd have better spent this 13 week period getting yourself a job rather than bleating about compensation. A better grasp of the written word would be a good idea too. Read back through your message and think to yourself "if I was an employer would I give a job to someone who wrote like this"? CommonSense!!
  • Score: 1

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