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Region's unemployment figures fall

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 2,000 in the three months to October, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 191,000 people were unemployed in the region between August and October.

The region's unemployment figures have fallen Credit: Press Association

The region's unemployment rate was 7.1% and saw a fall of 1.0% during the period. The highest increase in the number of unemployed in England was the South East which recorded a 3,000 rise in the amount of people without a job.

The Government was given some pre-Christmas cheer on the jobs front when new UK figures showed another fall in unemployment and a record number of people in work.

But a cut of 63,000 in the jobless total to 1.96 million between August and October was the smallest quarterly fall for a year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 30.8 million people were in work, the highest since records began in 1971, and 588,000 up on a year ago.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance was down by 26,900 in November to 900,100 - the 25th consecutive monthly fall.

Pay, including bonuses, increased by 1.4% in the year to October, up by 0.4% on the previous month, and higher than the current rate of CPI inflation.

Average pay is now £483 a week before tax and other deductions, an increase of 55.3% compared with the year 2000.

Other data showed that public sector employment has fallen by 7,000 to 5.4 million, the lowest level since records began in 1999, although many public sector employees have been reclassified as being in the private sector if they work for school academies.

The UK's unemployment rate is now 6%, down by 0.2% on the previous quarter and by 1.4% over the past year.

Private sector employment is 890,000 higher than a year ago and now stands at more than 25 million.

Long-term unemployment has fallen, with those out of work over a year down by 191,000 to 684,000.

The jobless rate for 16 to 24-year-olds has remained at 16%, while the proportion of self-employed workers has fallen slightly to 14.7% of total employment.