Unemployment figures reveal mixed picture

The latest jobs figures have been released. Credit: PA Wire

Unemployment in Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire has fallen according to official figures. But there has been a rise in the number of people out of work in the East Midlands region.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 241,000 people were unemployed in the Yorkshire and the Humber region between September and November 2012 - a fall of 12,000 (0.5%). The statistics also show 34,000 more people were employed.

But the unemployment figure for the East Midlands region, an area that includes parts of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, rose by 10,000 (0.4%) to 190,000 (8.2%). Employment fell by 3,000 (0.5%).

Nationally almost 30 million adults were in a job in the quarter to last November, up by more than half a million on the previous year. The figure, giving an employment rate of 71%, is the highest since records began in 1971.

Employment Minister Mark Hoban MP described the region's labour market as 'challenging' but told ITV Yorkshire there are "good signs":

But Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne MP said "the foundations are very weak":

Unemployment rates in the English regions between September and November 2012 were:

  • North East: 119,000 (9.1%)

  • West Midlands: 246,000 (8.9%)

  • Yorkshire/Humber: 241,000 (8.8%)

  • North West: 295,000 (8.5%)

  • Wales: 124,000 (8.4%)

  • London: 354,000 (8.3%)

  • East Midlands: 90,000 (8.2%)

  • East of England: 207,000 (6.7%)

  • South East: 291,000 (6.5%)

  • South West: 147,000 (5.5%)