Many unfilled job vacancies in York

Latest unemployment figures show only 1.3%  are out of work in York.

This is significantly below the national figure of 2.7%.

There are 676 York job vacancies registered on the governments “find a job” website today. Some have been unfilled for several months now. The number of vacancies exceeds the number of people claiming job seekers allowance (550).

The latest Job Density figures available confirm that there were more jobs available than in other parts of the country

  • York 0.89
  • Yorkshire 0.81
  • Great Britain 0.86

!Density figures represent the ratio of total jobs to population aged 16-65)

Most York jobs these days are in the retail, tourism, education and social care sectors.

The high number of job vacancies is likely to inhibit growth prospects for the York economy

Jobs and wages in York

Figures published by ONS last month on wage levels in the city caused a panic with some commentators.

The figures suggested that median wage levels in the City had fallen by 9.4% compared to the previous year.

But had they?

According to ONS gross wages were £384.10. The previous year – on the back of an unlikely 5.6% increase – the median wage had been £423.80?

So had workers really seen a £40 a week drop in earnings?

If so, what went wrong?

Most people seem to have forgotten that the published figures are provisional. The final figures will not be available until later in the year. The figures are based on a sample of returns from employers. The sample size changes. ONS advised caution in using short term figures to demonstrate a trend.

As well as the reduction in wages, the ONS figures also say that the City also saw a drop of 3000 in the number of jobs.  Against the background of a record high (and stable) number in employment in the York, that alone suggests a sampling error.

Looking beyond gross pay, a further breakdown indicates that the fall had mainly been down to a reduction in overtime payments. Given the uncertainty in the market as a result of BREXIT, it would not be surprising if there was a slowing down in economic activity. Less overtime would be an obvious symptom of a more cautious approach to investment

However, the most likely explanation for the blip, is that the figures are just plain wrong!

Source ONS

New employment figures show York has highest number of jobs ever seen

Newly published statistics from the ONS reveal that York now has the highest number of jobs ever seen in the city.

It was revealed that York had a 5% growth in its employment over 2017, leading to an increase of 5,000 new jobs, leaping from 101,000, to 106,000.

Across the region, employment increased on average by 2%, with York seeing the largest increase with 5%.  These figures put York in the top 10% performing local authorities in England for employment growth.  For example, the city’s employment growth was stronger than Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds and Cambridge.

Om review, 500 jobs were created in the manufacturing sector, 1,000 in professional scientific and technical businesses and 1,000 in food and drink businesses.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said:

“I am delighted to see that York’s economy is continuing to grow, despite the economic pressures felt elsewhere in the UK.”

“With such an impressive growth in the city’s employment, our residents will continue to benefit from a range of opportunities here in the city.”

“We will continue to work with partners to ensure that York remains a fantastic place to live, work and visit.  The ONS figures are a testament to the progress we have made.”

To view the ONS data, please visit: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157112/report.aspx#tabidbr

No change in unemployment levels in York

The latest unemployment figures for York (9th March) show that there were 380 men and 247 women claiming job seekers allowance.. That is 26 fewer than at the same date a year earlier and represents 0.5% of the working population.

The Yorkshire average is 1.6% and for the UK is 1.3%.

The total number of benefit (Universal Credit) claimants was 1040. This represented 0.8% of the working population, and was an increase of 10 over the same period in the previous year.

The Yorkshire average was 2.3% and the UK 2.0%.

Unemployment levels stable in York

Latest figures released by the ONS confirm that employment levels in York continue to be stable.

There were 945 claimants in January 0.7% of the population. Of these,  630 were men and 320 women.

The number of claimants dropped by 55 compared to January 2016.

The count includes 574 who are claiming job seekers allowance.

Nationally the UK has an employment rate of 73.7%. This compares to an EU average of 67.1%.

York job centre has around 5000 vacancies listed.

Small increase in number of York jobseekers

ONS statistics released today show an increase of 15 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in November compared to last month’s figures meaning there are now 955 claimants in the city.

recruitmentfullHowever this is a decrease of 45 residents from November 2015.

The figures show a 19.4 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the past twelve months.

The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count for York represents 0.4 per cent of the working population which contrasts to the regional average which stands at 1.5 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.2 per cent. (more…)

Number of York jobseekers and people claiming benefits remains stable

unemployment1Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown continued low unemployment rates in York.

The figures show a 24.8 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the past twelve months.

Preliminary statistics have shown an increase of 17 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in October compared to last month’s figures meaning there are now 945 claimants in the city.

However this is a decrease of 95 residents from October 2015.

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 1.6 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.2 per cent.

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 May 2016 the number of people claiming benefits is 8,990, a figure which represents a fall of 120 from the previous quarter February 2016. The figure represents 6.5 per cent of the working population in York, compared to 13.1 per cent in the region and 11.5 per cent nationally.

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 is continuing to fall year on year. We are committed to supporting residents, as shown by recent job fairs in the city. We will also continue to work with businesses across York to grow the economy and develop and retain talent.”

Number of York jobseekers falls by 20 compared to August

Preliminary statistics have shown a decrease in the amount of residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in September compared to the previous month’s figures (550) meaning there are 530 claimants in the city.

DIFF-HAPPY-JOBS-940Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show a 26.4 percent reduction over the past year in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in York.

In September 2015 there were 720 claimants.

However, the number of residents claiming Universal Credit rose from 638 in August to 648 in September. This is the second successive month when long term unemployed numbers in the City have increased.

However it comes at a time when some employers are saying that they are having difficulty filling vacancies. First York blamed the lack of drivers on recent service interruptions.

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 1.6 per cent. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 1.3 per cent.

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. (more…)

Small unemployment fall in York over last month

US-unemployment-jobs-fair-007Preliminary statistics have shown a fall of 10 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (out of work) in July compared to last month’s figures meaning there are now 890 claimants in the city.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown a 29 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in York in the past twelve months.

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.

The statistics also demonstrate the number of young people (aged 18-24) claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen by 54.6 per cent in the past year. The news comes as York will host its sixth Apprenticeship Recruitment Event at West Offices on Wednesday 24 August, from 4-7pm, which offers people the chance to meet with recruiting employers, training providers and receive specialist careers advice.
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