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Region's unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed. Credit: Press Association

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 203,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a fall of 11% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which recorded a 17,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed.

The claimant count fell for the 22nd month in a row in July by 37,200 to 966,500, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first time the figure has been below one million since September 2008.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith says getting people in to work gives them a better chance:

The jobless total was 2.02 million in the quarter to July, down by 146,000 on February to April, giving a lower-than-expected unemployment rate of 6.2%.

Analysts had forecast an unemployment rate of 6.3%.

The jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

Average earnings including bonuses rose by 0.6% in the year to July, while average earnings excluding bonuses were 0.7% higher.

There are now 30.61 million people in work, 74,000 more than February to April, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013.

The Chancellor added that unemployment in Scotland was down to 6%, below the UK average.

Despite a steady two-year easing of unemployment with record numbers in work, the rise in average earnings is still a long way short of the pace of inflation at 1.5%.

The Bank of England halved its forecast for average wage growth last month, saying it now expects average salaries to rise by 1.25% this year.


Police appeal for witnesses to Hull collision

Police in Hull are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured in a collision between a bus and a car.

The accident happened yesterday between a single decker bus and a silver coloured Vauxhall Zafira on Holderness Road, Hull outside Ferens Haven.

Both vehicles were travelling in the direction of Maybury Road when they were in collision.

A 64-year-old Hull woman, travelling as a passenger on the bus, sustained serious injuries and is currently being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary.

The 77-year-old Hull man driving the Vauxhall car suffered shock.

Two die in chopper crash

Two men have died after a helicopter crashed into the cliffs at Flamborough Head this afternoon and plunged into the North Sea.

The RNLI launched two vessels to the scene after the alarm was raised at 1.40pm. They were then put on standby as a Sea King helicopter hovered over the wreckage and emergency teams worked from above. The pilot and the his passenger couldn't be saved.

Jon Hill reports


Coastguard statement - Flamborough helicopter crash

'We could see the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of the cliff and could see where it had hit.

The swell was too big for the lifeboat to get in close so we were tasked to undertake a search pattern for wreckage with Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

We recovered a number of items which we have passed on to the police.

'We are all devastated that this service didn't have a positive outcome and that we couldn't help the people on board the helicopter. "Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with their family and friends tonight.'

– Flamborough Cole Ibbotson, Flamborough RNLI crew member
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