Number of York jobseekers stable

DIFF-HAPPY-JOBS-940Preliminary statistics have shown no change to the number of residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in August compared to the previous month’s figures meaning there are 550 claimants in the city.

In August 2015 there were 765 claimants.

The number of residents claiming Universal Credit rose by four throughout August, bringing the total to 638.

The  figures released by the Office of National Statistics today which show a 28.1 percent reduction over the past year of the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in York.

The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count for York represents 0.4 per cent of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 1.7 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.3 per cent.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development at City of York Council said: “It is pleasing to see that the number of jobseekers in York has fallen by over 28 percent over the previous year. It’s important that we continue to work with our partners in the city to ensure the correct support systems are in place for all those looking for work and those in low-paid, part-time or seasonal roles.”

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