Hull’s youth unemployment plummets


Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Youth unemployment in Hull has never been so low, according to new statistics.

This follows a drop in 18 to 24-year-olds receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) of more than a third (37%) in the last year alone.

The 1,990 claimants represent the lowest tally in the city since records started three decades ago, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

The upturn has been attributed to firms recruiting once more after the recession and Jobcentre staff targeting 16-year-olds about their careers rather than leaving it until two years later as before.

The figures could get even better when a shopping centre in Beverley launches later in 2015. Flemingate is likely to generate around 700 new jobs, many of them for young people.

Overall, unemployment among adults in Hull has dropped 30% to 8,296 compared to this time last year.

A new year usually brings modest increases in jobless numbers due to temporary Christmas posts coming to an end. But this year has seen 27 fewer people claiming JSA than in December.

A leading source of employment remains call centres, with manufacturers and shops also recruiting.

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Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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