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Jobseeker numbers fall in York

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show a 28.3% fall in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in York, since February 2013.

The claimant count represents 1.7% of the working population and stands less than half the regional average of 3.9%.

The figures are also much lower than the national average, which stands at 3.0%. Today’s statistics show an increase of 47 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance compared to last month's figures meaning there are now 2230 claimants in the city, the lowest February figure since February 2008.

Today’s figures also revealed a 45.5% decrease in the number of 18-24 year olds claiming over one year. The statistics showed a decrease of 10 people claiming JSA from last month, meaning there are now 60 claiming, 50 less than one year ago.

The results also showed the number of claimants out of work for over one year has decreased by 20 from last month, totalling 500, this represents a 24.2% decrease of 160 from one year ago. Youth unemployment was also shown to have decreased 35.7% since February 2013.


Unemployment rises in the region

Unemployment in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire increased by 1,000 in the three months to January, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 241,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.

The region's unemployment rate was 8.7% and saw a rise of 0.4% during the period.

Town halls could have more control over welfare system

Town halls could be given a greater say over the way the welfare system works under plans being championed by Nick Clegg. The powers are already being used in cities including Leeds, but Mr Clegg indicated he wanted other cities to take responsibility for tackling unemployment.

Mr Clegg acknowledged he had to "bang heads together" in a Whitehall battle with Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions in order to give Leeds the freedom to tackle the problem of jobless youngsters.

"One of the most over-centralised systems of public policy ... is the way the welfare system is run. The DWP, much as I admire much of the work the department does and Iain Duncan Smith, it's very much built on that long-standing culture of the levers being pulled in London."

– Sheffield MP Nick Clegg

The cornerstone of the Leeds scheme is a commitment that every young person in the city region has access to a job, training, apprenticeship, volunteering or work experience.


Figures show unemployment is down in Yorkshire

Stephen Timms, Labour MP

Unemployment in our region has fallen, according to Government figures out today. Data released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of jobless dropped by five thousand in the three months to June.

That means there are now 244 thousand people out-of-work in the region - an improvement of just under one per cent on the same period last year. However the number of people in employment in our region has actually dropped by 20 thousand to two point four nine million.

Migrant's granddaughter's concerns over new influx

Figures included in this quarter's release from the Office for National Statistics show there are 112,000 Bulgarian and Romanian nationals working in Britain, but that figure could increase when restrictions are relaxed in the coming months.

Rachel Bull's grandfather moved here from Poland in World War Two. She now lives in Boston in Lincolnshire and she has some concerns about what the effect of that influx might be.

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