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 August figure since 2008.
The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2,451 claimants in York, a decrease of 39 from last month and of 802 from August 2012.
The claimant count represents 1.8% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.3%. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3%.
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.
“This is especially pleasing as the last seven years have seen an increase in claimants between the months of July and August due to seasonal factors so this month’s figures represent a welcome change.
“This news is testament to the work of partners and 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, work still needs to be done, particularly with regards to youth and long term unemployment, despite them showing recent signs of improvement.
“This rigour is essential to combat poverty by getting residents currently having to rely on benefits into work.”
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