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Fewer People on Dole in York and North Yorkshire


2:27pm 17th April 2013

The number of people out of work has fallen in North Yorkshire and York.

3,053 people are signed on in York, down by 59 on last month,

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “I am delighted that the number of claimants in York has fallen further, it is great news for the city and we hope that this trend can continue. It is particularly good to see that the claimant count amongst 18-24 year olds has decreased over the past year, reducing by 250 since March 2012.

“There is a strong and growing confidence in York’s economy, this is in no small part due to its skilled workforce. It's encouraging to see that qualification levels have also increased in York, with residents more highly skilled than ever and the proportion of the workforce with no qualifications decreasing year on year.

“City of York Council will continue to work with partners such as the Jobs Centre Plus and Future Prospects - to provide residents access to support agencies, which will help them improve skills and offer them the best possible chance to enter employment."

There are 603 fewer people on the dole in North Yorkshire but more than 8,654 people are still claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

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