Council welcomes fall in Jobseekers claimant count

17 Jul 2013 @ 12.23 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council has today welcomed news that the number of people claiming Jobs Seekers Allowance (JSA) in York has again fallen, representing the lowest June figure in five years.

The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2551 claimants in York, a decrease of 212 from last month and of 712 from June 2012. The claimant count represents 1.9% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.5%. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3.5%.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “It’s good news that the number of claimants in York has fallen again to the lowest June figure in five years and we hope that this trend can continue.

“It is good to see the council prioritising jobs and growth and working in partnership with the private sector is paying off. The York figures compared to the region and country speak for themselves.

“This good news is particularly timely after the council has agreed with partners to increase action to tackle poverty in the city. Jobs and growth are essential to combating poverty and we will support those who want work, aspire and get on for themselves and their families.”

“It is pleasing to see that youth unemployment has decreased has again fallen and has fallen by 235 claimants in the last year, however there is still work to be done, particularly on long term unemployment, which despite decreasing still remains a problem.”

Jobseekers in York can currently take part in free workshops to help with online job searches. The workshops run from 2.30 – 4.30pm every Tuesday at York Explore, and are for anyone who wants to gain the confidence and skills to improve their job prospects.

 


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