Issued by City of York Council
City of York Council has welcomed news that the number of people claiming Jobs Seekers Allowance (JSA) in York has again fallen.
The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2195 claimants in York, a fall of 122 from last month and of 872 since October 2012.
The claimant count represents 1.6% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 3.9%. 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: “I am pleased council investment in the economy is beginning to pay off as York outperforms the country in tackling unemployment.
“York is approaching pre-recession levels of unemployment since the global economic crash in 2008. The council working in partnership with the private sector has steered the recovery and the city has bounced back.
“However York’s unemployment figures mask the issue of in-work poverty exacerbated by cost of living increases in housing, energy and childcare and this is why issues like the Living Wage become so important.
“I will soon be meeting Alan Milburn who is the Government’s poverty tsar to discuss these issues.”
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