Record low number of jobless in York

Number of York Job Seekers falls again

US-unemployment-jobs-fair-007Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown a 31 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in York in the past twelve months.

Preliminary statistics have shown a fall of 80 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in June compared to last month’s figures meaning there are now 825 claimants in the city.

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 1.8 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.4 per cent.

The figures also demonstrate the number of young people (aged 18-24) claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen by 60 per cent in the past year.
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New figures reveal 1.2% increase in York population last year


Figures released this week
 by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that York’s population rose from 204,439 to 206,856 between mid 2014 and mid 2015.

This represented an increase of 2417 persons (1.2%)

Most of the increase was due to younger people, aged between 18 and 3, moving into the City. They accounted for 1431 of the total.  This is unsurprising given the expansion in higher education that there has been in the City in recent years.

More significant may be the make-up of any change.

High growth predictions for the City have so far been based on a widening gap between the number of births and deaths in the City. Although that trend continues, the gap between the two has narrowed (1993 births against 1848 deaths last year).

UK population changeAs the graph (left) shows this new trend towards lower birth rates is also reflected elsewhere in the UK. 

There were 637 (net) migrants arriving in York from other parts of the UK.  

The biggest growth component were migrants from other parts of the world (1,643 net). Many of these were students.

In some towns, including Harrogate and Scarborough, the population actually reduced last year  

It would be wrong to read too much into a single year’s figures. But, with the additional uncertainties about the country’s capacity for economic growth in the wake of the EU referendum result, the York Council might be wise to take a more cautious view about expansion than is currently displayed in its draft Local Plan.

The figures do however confirm that – with unemployment levels at an historic low in York – higher economic growth can only be achieved if many of the new jobs are taken up by migrate workers

Population growth in York

Fall in the number of jobseekers and people claiming benefits in York

unemployed_queue_benefits_DWPFigures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown a 31.7 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the past twelve months.

Preliminary statistics have shown a fall of 50 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in February compared to last month’s figures meaning there are now 940 claimants in the city.

The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count for York represents 0.5 per cent of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 1.9 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.5 per cent.

The figures also demonstrate the number of young people (aged 18-24) claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen by 48.3 per cent in the past year.

Statistics released today by the Department for Work and Pensions have shown that the number of people claiming benefits in York has fallen and shown York to be the third best performing local authority in the region.

As of November 2015 the number of people claiming benefits is 9,120, a figure which represents a fall of 190 from August 2015. The figure represents 6.7 per cent of the working population in York, compared to 13.3 per cent in the region and 11.8 per cent nationally.
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Jobless numbers in York down again

Fewer people in the city are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (out of work).Employed

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics have shown a fall of 60 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in March 2016 compared to last month’s figures, meaning there are now 970 claimants in the city.

The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count for York represents 0.5 per cent of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 2 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.5 per cent.

More people in work in York

Statistics from the Annual Population Survey have shown an increase in the number of people in Employment in January-December 2015 has increased by 5.3 per cent in York compared to the figures for 2014.

The number of people in employment in 2015 was 102,000, representing 76.3 per cent of the working age population, contrasting to the regional average which stands at 72.5 per cent and the national average which is 73.6 per cent.

The figures also showed an increase in the number of residents working full time in the city with an increase of 11.3 per cent compared to 2014.

The news comes after more than 800 people attended the York Jobs Fair earlier this month. The event offered the chance for residents to receive advice and speak to over 60 organisations who were hiring in the city.

York Jobs Fair showcases local employment opportunities

US-unemployment-jobs-fair-007City of York Council and its partners are inviting residents to the eighth York Jobs Fair, which will be held at York Railway Institute on Thursday 14 April.

Around 70 organisations will be represented at this year’s event. These include a range of different employers who represent the wide variety of jobs and careers available in York.

Those present will include Network Rail, Primark, National Railway Museum, Royal York Hotel, Hiscox, North Yorkshire Police, NHS York Teaching Hospital and organisations attending the Jobs Fair for the first time, such as Hampton by Hilton and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

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Westfield to get jobs project funding from Europe

Volunteers needed for £40,000 community-led project for city’s most vulnerable

US-unemployment-jobs-fair-007City of York Council is looking for volunteers to identify what would most improve people’s lives in five of the city’s less prosperous communities.

This project – 4CommunityGrowthYork – will benefit Bell Farm, Clifton, Navigation and Walmgate, Tang Hall and Westfield and is underway thanks to the council winning an initial £22,000 funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds, which the council has match-funded to £40k.

Once accepted onto this community-led local development project, the volunteers will focus on the needs of the five communities with special emphasis on supporting the more vulnerable into work. The £40k will go towards their training, research and consultations, as well as seeking expert advice and examples of best practice nationally and locally, such as the Tang Hall Big Local project which has similar objectives.

This feedback will help develop ideas on how to support and offer early help to families in need and to jobseekers and local enterprises. This will be looked at alongside existing work including with ward teams and residents’ associations.

4CommunityGrowthYork’s plans will be developed into a formal strategy which will be submitted to the EU by the end of August 2016, in a bid to win a further £1.29 million. This sum will be match-funded through the council, Government and Tang Hall Big Local funding to a total £2.58m, to realise the strategy and so help improve the quality of life of residents in the five communities.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “Applications to join the project will be especially welcomed from people living or working in the five key communities, and who have experience of both the private and public sectors. You’ll be warmly welcomed to the information sessions we are holding where you can find out much more. This is a significant project which could make a lasting difference to our communities.”

Information sessions for 4CommunityGrowthYork will be held at West Offices, YO1 6GA on:
• Friday 1 April at 12-1pm
• Tuesday 5 April at 4-5pm and at 5-6pm
• Friday 8 April at 12-1pm.

To book a place on the information sessions, or for more detail on the project, please email mora.scaife@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551834.

Advice on apprenticeships available at York drop-in session

 Young people will be able to find out more about apprenticeships, vacancies and alternative routes to higher education at an event on Thursday 11 February.

Breadmaker apprentice

Advisers will be on hand to speak to young people, parents and carers at the Castlegate Centre between 4pm and 7pm and offer careers advice, including information on apprenticeships.

In York there are currently a wide variety of Apprenticeship vacancies being advertised covering; business and finance, hospitality, lab technicians, construction, creative and cultural, digital marketing and social media, engineering, I.T, health and many more.
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York Council indecision on new Chief Executive?

IndecisionYork seems likely to be without a permanent replacement for its Chief Executive for at least another 6 months.

Papers published for a meeting taking place on 1st February reveal that a review of the Council’s management structure, commissioned last June, has apparently still not been concluded.

The report blames ongoing financial pressures for the delays, although the Chief Executives post  has been filled on a temporary basis (at full salary) for over 6 months.

It now appears that the report on a new structure may now be available in March. A £150,000 a year saving on salary costs is being achieved from 1st April by deleting a post dealing with “transformation and change”

Staff working in the Chief Executives Department are being transferred to other management groups suggesting that the Council may be thinking of abolishing the role of Chief Executive altogether.  

The Council will, however, now move to appoint a permanent Director of Public Health on a salary of around £100,000. 

The Council will also make a permanent appointment to the post of “City and Environmental Services”. Essentially this is the role formerly held by Bill Woolley who retired over three years ago. It is responsible for planning and transport policy.  The post will also attract a pay level of around £100,000 pa. The Council says that to minimise recruitment costs this post will be “advertised externally on City of York Council Jobs Website and promoted through the Council social media channels”.  Minimal advertising of vacancies is usually a tactic that a Council adopts when it has “someone in mind” for the post.

Recent events – including the Councils response to the flooding crisis – suggest that there is a lack of effective leadership in the authority.  Taking over 12 months to find a permanent appointment for the post which is responsible for driving the administrative side of the Council is, at best, complacent and at worst negligent.

The York Council is now desperately short of experienced management capacity.

Councillors need to act quickly and decisively to fill the void.

Unemployment figures fall in York again

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The number of York residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit (out of employment) has again fallen.

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed there to be 101,000 people in employment in York between October 2014 and September 2015, an increase of 1,600 compared to between July 2014 and June 2015.

The figure represents 75.3 per cent of the working population and contrasts the regional average which stands at 72.4 per cent and the national average which currently stands at 73.4 per cent.

The statistics also showed there are now 945 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit in York, a fall of 224 since December 2014 and of 65 claimants in the last month.

The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count for York represents 0.5 per cent of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 2 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.5 per cent.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development at City of York Council said: “I am pleased that the figures show a reduction in the number of claimants and that more people are in employment across the city. It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone in York and this week’s record visitor numbers and spend figures, announced by Make it York, are really positive to see. We will continue to work with partners across the city to help businesses and residents benefit from this and get back on their feet.”

York Council publishes analysis of numbers made redundant

Over 100 York Council employees have suffered compulsory redundancy since April 2011.

In addition 420 have opted for voluntary redundancy.

The report – being considered by a Council committee tomorrow does not say how much the redundancies have cost taxpayers. However, after taking into account pension contributions, this is thought likely to be a 7 figure number.

Most of the redundancies occurred between May 2011 and April 2015 when Labour were in control of the local Council. Since May 2015 there have been a total of 43 redundancies, the majority of which have been voluntary.

Recent events suggest that the Council has shed too many experienced managers. As a result it struggles to cope with unusual events such as the recent floods.

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