Council welcomes fall in Jobseekers claimant count

14 Aug 2013 @ 1.44 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 largest decrease in the claimant count in seven years between June and July.

The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2,490 claimants in York, a decrease of 61 from last month and of 758 from July 2012.

The claimant count represents 1.9% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.4 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3.5 per cent.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “It’s very good news that the number of unemployed in York has fallen again to the lowest July figure in seven years. 

“This time of year normally sees an increase, so the news that figures have fallen recognises the council’s work with the private sector to grow the economy and increase the number of job opportunities for York residents.

“Whilst York outperforms the region and the country in terms of job growth, we are not complacent and are determined to take York to as close to full employment as possible. This rigour is essential to combat poverty by getting residents currently having to rely on benefits into work.”

 


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