Council welcomes fall in May Jobseekers claimant count

12 Jun 2013 @ 3.11 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 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 2763 claimants in York, a decrease of 135 from last month and of 658 from May 2012. The claimant count represents 2.1% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.6%. 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 May 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 again and we hope that this trend can continue.

“It is pleasing to see that the number of 18-24 year olds claiming for over one year has fallen however more work needs to be done to reduce this figure further.

“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 recent funding from the Economic Infrastructure Fund, which seeks to support residents and improve access to partner agencies, should only enhance this support.”

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