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Unemployment in York at Lowest Level Since 2008


7:09pm 12th December 2012
(Updated 7:10pm 12th December 2012)

Unemployment in North Yorkshire has fallen slightly with good news for York.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers' Allowance in the city has fallen to 2,968 people.

That's the first time it's been below three thousand claimants since 2008.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said:

“This is good news for York and a trend I hope is set to continue into next year and beyond. What’s particularly good to see is a decrease in the  number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA since just last month, meaning we have the lowest youth unemployment in the region.

“We must continue to work with partners across the city – such as the Jobs Centre Plus and Future Prospects - to provide our residents access to support agencies, education and training providers to give them the best possible chance of gaining employment.”

The highest unemployment in our area was in the East Riding, where 6,702 people are on the dole which is an unemployment rate of 3.2%.

The lowest share of people on the dole in November was in the Harrogate area where just 1.6% of people have signed on.

Local Authority Unemployment Number (%)
East Riding of Yorkshire 6,702 (3.2)
Selby 1,303 (2.4)
York 2,968 (2.1)
Ryedale 641 (2.0)
Hambleton 894 (1.7)
Harrogate 1,570 (1.6)
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