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Unemployment Falls In North Yorkshire And York


9:50am 13th November 2013
(Updated 10:06am 13th November 2013)

The latest unemployment figures are out for North Yorkshire and York and the number of people out of work in the area has fallen.

In North Yorkshire there are currently 6407 claiming Job Seekers' Allowance which is a fall of 107 on September. In York 2195 people are on the dole which is a fall of 122 on last month. These are the lowest October unemployment figures for York and North Yorkshire for 4 years.

Nationally unemployment has fallen by 48,000 to 2.47 million. The UK's unemployment rate is now at 7-point-6 per cent.

Throughout the Yorkshire region however unemployment has remained the same. Gary Reilly, Regional Manager for totaljobs.com in Yorkshire says:

“It’s frustrating that unemployment has stayed the same in Yorkshire as it follows a period of optimism in the job market. Many companies in the retail and hospitality sectors are starting to take on more staff to cover the busy Christmas period, but these are mostly temporary, part-time roles. What we want to see is sustained growth that will create more permanent jobs, although temporary work can be a great way for candidates, particularly young people, to gain valuable experience which can sometimes lead to a long term solution. However, much more needs to be done to help school leavers get the right skills and training. Many employers are desperate for staff but can’t find the right people – so further investment in apprenticeships is vital.”

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