Council welcomes fall in Jobseekers claimant count

15 May 2013 @ 12.49 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 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in York has fallen and that the figures remain stronger than the national and regional average.

The Office for National Statistics have released figures today stating that there are 2,898 claimants in York, a decrease of 155 from last month and of 574 from April 2012. The claimant count represents 2.2% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.7%. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3.7%.

The figures display a year on year improvement in the number of claimants in the city with the figures representing the lowest April claimant count since 2008.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council, said: “It’s good news that the number of claimants in York has fallen further and we hope that this trend can continue. It is particularly pleasing to note that York has seen a further decrease in youth unemployment, with the number falling by 225 since April 2012.

“It is great to see York bucking the national trend by recording a fall in unemployment levels, however there is still work to be done. The figures demonstrate a strong and growing confidence in York’s economy, which is in no small part due to its skilled workforce.

“City of York Council will continue to work with partners such as the Jobs Centre Plus and Future Prospects – to provide residents access to support agencies, which will help them improve skills and offer them the best possible chance to enter employment.

“The recently announced funding from the Economic Infrastructure Fund hopes to further the support that City of York Council provides to residents who are seeking employment.”

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