1. ITV Report

Unemployment falls across Yorkshire

Unemployment figures are down in Yorkshire Photo: PA Wire

Unemployment in Yorkshire fell by 9,000 in the three months to August, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics showed that a total of 253,000 people were unemployed in the region between June and August.

The region's unemployment rate was 9.3% and saw a drop of 3.4% during the period.

Nationwide, the number of people in work has reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever.

Employment grew in the quarter to August by 212,000 to 29.59 million, the highest since records began in 1971. Unemployment fell by 50,000 in the same period to 2.53 million, the lowest since the spring, giving a jobless rate of 7.9%.

The numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 4,000 in September to 1.57 million, the third consecutive monthly fall and the lowest total since July 2011.