York jobless figure falls to lowest level for almost four years

UNEMPLOYMENT in York has fallen to its lowest level in almost four years.

Latest figures show the number of people claiming JobSeekers Allowance fell in the York council area by almost 200 between August and September to 3,057, or 2.2 per cent of those eligible to claim.

The last time the figure was this low was in January 2009, when there were 3,032 claimants, or 2.2 per cent of those eligible.

There were also improvements in other parts of North and East Yorkshire, albeit not quite as striking.

In the North Yorkshire County Council area, the number of claimants fell by 215 to 2.3 per cent of those eligible. This was the lowest since June last year, when there were 8,649 claimants.

In the Selby district, the number of claimants fell by 52 to 1,424, or 2.7 per cent of those eligible, the lowest figure since November 2010 when there were 1,410 claimants.

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, said: "I welcome yet another fall in local unemployment which is very good news for the district. I'm also hopeful that my recent Jobs fair will have a further positive impact on the jobless figures in the months ahead."

In Ryedale, the number of claimants fell by 51 to 615, or 1.9 per cent of those eligible, but the figure was slightly lower there in July, when there were 610 claimants.

In the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area, the numnber fell by 96 to 6,595, or 3.1 per cent of those eligible, the lowest since August last year.

Nationwide, employment reached a record high last month of almost 30 million, and unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53million, whjile youth unemployment has also dropped below the 1 million mark.

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5:05pm Wed 17 Oct 12

meme says...

Excellent news
Long may this continue
Why not CoYC help York further by relaxing some of your draconian rules preventing the constructuion industry from growing in York?
Excellent news Long may this continue Why not CoYC help York further by relaxing some of your draconian rules preventing the constructuion industry from growing in York? meme
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7:16pm Wed 17 Oct 12

nearlyman says...

This must be entirely due to Hugh Bayley.
This must be entirely due to Hugh Bayley. nearlyman
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9:38am Thu 18 Oct 12

magic cat says...

And yet the Council is cutting jobs at Future Prospects.
And yet the Council is cutting jobs at Future Prospects. magic cat
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9:41am Thu 18 Oct 12

desmond tiblets says...

nearlyman wrote:
This must be entirely due to Hugh Bayley.
I'll finish the sentence for you.this must be entirely due to Hugh bayley promoting York as a low skilled shop and tourism place whilst wanting to get rid of high skilled engineering work.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: This must be entirely due to Hugh Bayley.[/p][/quote]I'll finish the sentence for you.this must be entirely due to Hugh bayley promoting York as a low skilled shop and tourism place whilst wanting to get rid of high skilled engineering work. desmond tiblets
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12:31pm Thu 18 Oct 12

nearlyman says...

Exactly !
Exactly ! nearlyman
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12:31pm Thu 18 Oct 12

nearlyman says...

Exactly !
Exactly ! nearlyman
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1:10pm Thu 18 Oct 12

heworth.28 says...

A reduction in the number of people claiming JSA doesn't necessarily mean a fall in unemployment. Also, how many of those finding work are going into minimum wage, part time and/or temporary roles with zero prospects?
A reduction in the number of people claiming JSA doesn't necessarily mean a fall in unemployment. Also, how many of those finding work are going into minimum wage, part time and/or temporary roles with zero prospects? heworth.28
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1:17pm Thu 18 Oct 12

PKH says...

heworth.28 wrote:
A reduction in the number of people claiming JSA doesn't necessarily mean a fall in unemployment. Also, how many of those finding work are going into minimum wage, part time and/or temporary roles with zero prospects?
Totally agree
[quote][p][bold]heworth.28[/bold] wrote: A reduction in the number of people claiming JSA doesn't necessarily mean a fall in unemployment. Also, how many of those finding work are going into minimum wage, part time and/or temporary roles with zero prospects?[/p][/quote]Totally agree PKH
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1:54pm Thu 18 Oct 12

FossLad says...

Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland.

Where are the real jobs ?
Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland. Where are the real jobs ? FossLad
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1:55pm Thu 18 Oct 12

FossLad says...

Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland.

Where are the real jobs ?
Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland. Where are the real jobs ? FossLad
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7:38pm Thu 18 Oct 12

oi oi savaloy says...

FossLad wrote:
Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland.

Where are the real jobs ?
Well said!

All this stuff about high youth unemployment, I was rather shocked to hear the other day that network rail have some adult apprentices, Russian and Italian!! Now where's the logic in that shouldn't we be sorting our own youth out first with a good engineering apprenticeship before Russians and Italians?? And now to be branded a bigot and a racist because I think we should be looking after our own youth first
[quote][p][bold]FossLad[/bold] wrote: Sadly, most of these figures are due to fiddling and forcing people off benefit, or working for nowt at Poundland. Where are the real jobs ?[/p][/quote]Well said! All this stuff about high youth unemployment, I was rather shocked to hear the other day that network rail have some adult apprentices, Russian and Italian!! Now where's the logic in that shouldn't we be sorting our own youth out first with a good engineering apprenticeship before Russians and Italians?? And now to be branded a bigot and a racist because I think we should be looking after our own youth first oi oi savaloy
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7:59pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Digeorge says...

heworth.28 says...

Agree totally with this.

I know a number of friends with whom I am working with Voluntary that do not go to the Job Centre because it isn't worth the bother after six months as it costs more money to get there!

Plus I have just started University and it is interesting to note that there are a number of people of a similar age that have decided to return to study after the age of 40! So all things in perspective some people are doing precisely that and hence a reduction.

Finally, I haven't noticed an increase in advertisements and I gather that the NHS is also going through a 'restructure' of PCTS and the like. Nor have I had phone calls from agencies to say that there is work available even though I am still 'registered'.

So I guess it is fudging the figures again to make it look good when people are possibly taking part-time jobs to fill the gaps.
heworth.28 says... Agree totally with this. I know a number of friends with whom I am working with Voluntary that do not go to the Job Centre because it isn't worth the bother after six months as it costs more money to get there! Plus I have just started University and it is interesting to note that there are a number of people of a similar age that have decided to return to study after the age of 40! So all things in perspective some people are doing precisely that and hence a reduction. Finally, I haven't noticed an increase in advertisements and I gather that the NHS is also going through a 'restructure' of PCTS and the like. Nor have I had phone calls from agencies to say that there is work available even though I am still 'registered'. So I guess it is fudging the figures again to make it look good when people are possibly taking part-time jobs to fill the gaps. Digeorge
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3:44am Fri 19 Oct 12

Magicman! says...

I don't think these figures actually mean there's more jobs out there... more likely that people are finding other ways to occupy themselves such as by volunteering or by getting more education... either that or being forced into compulsory unpaid work by the jobcentre under the label of 'new deal' of whatever repackaged carp it is now.
I don't think these figures actually mean there's more jobs out there... more likely that people are finding other ways to occupy themselves such as by volunteering or by getting more education... either that or being forced into compulsory unpaid work by the jobcentre under the label of 'new deal' of whatever repackaged carp it is now. Magicman!
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