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Unemployment in York and North Yorkshire Hits Five Year Low

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2:14pm 13th November 2013
(Updated 2:31pm 13th November 2013)

Unemployment in York and North Yorkshire has hit a five year low.

122 people stopped claiming Job Seekers' Allowance in York in September while 107 people in North Yorkshire came off the dole in the same month.

6,407 people are out of work in North Yorkshire while in York it's 2,195; both are the lowest unemployment figures since October 2008.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “I am pleased council investment in the economy is beginning to pay off as York outperforms the country in tackling unemployment. York is approaching pre-recession levels of unemployment since the global economic crash in 2008. The council working in partnership with the private sector has steered the recovery and the city has bounced back.

"However York’s unemployment figures mask the issue of in-work poverty exacerbated by cost of living increases in housing, energy and childcare and this is why issues like the Living Wage become so important. I will soon be meeting Alan Milburn who is the Government’s poverty tsar to discuss these issues.”

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