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Unemployment soars across Yorkshire and the Humber.


3:33pm 16th March 2011

Unemployment soars across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The latest stats have revealed another 2000 people are out of work here bringing the total to 246,000.

We now have the fourth highest rate of unemployment in the country.

Commenting on today’s announcement of a rise of 135 in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in York in February, Liberal Democrat Leader of City of York Council, Councillor Andrew Waller said:

“There have been seasonal increases in these jobless increases, and whilst we remain well below regional and national averages, we have to review how we can improve the employment position in tourism and retail. The figures for York show that these are areas where there has been most pressure in jobs and this is where there needs to be considerable focus. It is also why I was so keen that York signed the FSB Accord to support small businesses at this difficult time.”

“There will be a meeting tomorrow in York for Tourism leaders from all 22 local authorities in the Region to develop long term plans on how this important part of the economy can flourish in the future. I will be chairing the session, and the Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire will be attending to explain the way in which WTY will be working with Public and Private sector in the industry. This is why during the budget process I was keen that York retained its subscription to WTY as we gain £13 back for every £1 that we spend.”

“I have seen it as vital that the tourist and retail sectors in York work together to draw spending visitors to the city to improve the economic draw of York. Schemes like the Minster Quarter, which is not solely retail, help to draw out all the reasons why people would stay longer in York.”

“The figures for 20-24 year olds are showing the greatest increase, and this is an area that I want the newly formed ‘Community Club’ to focus on helping to maximise their employment potential. Helping to match young people to jobs is something that the Economic Partnership has been asking to get involved with for months, and this will tap into the connections that companies in the city want to make directly with the young people in our communities.”

“The council has increased its support for Future Prospects and will be rolling out the Kingsway West Project to other parts of the city, it having reached Clifton and will now go into Tang Hall. This scheme helps people back into work and training. York has the 6th best performance in helping young people into jobs and training in the country.”


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