Yorkshire unemployment falls by 29,000

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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An increasing number of people in Yorkshire are finding work, either on a permanent or temporary basis.

released by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment in the region fell by 29,000 in the final quarter of last year – a drop of 15% – as local businesses hired new staff.

A total of 164,000 people were still unemployed between October and December, while the unemployment rate for the area was 6.1%.

It follows a nationwide trend of falling unemployment. The jobless total contracted by 97,000 in the three-month period to 1.86 million – down almost half a million compared to a year ago – while employment increased by 103,000 to nearly 31 million.

More people are now in work in the UK than ever before, thanks in part to the burgeoning economy and growing optimism among employers. The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell for the 27th consecutive month in December.

There was also good news regarding wages, with pay ahead of inflation once again. Average earnings increasing by 2.1% in the year to December, up 0.3% on the previous month, while CPI inflation was 0.5%.

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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  • Stevey

    This may look good for the government, but do these figures include all those who were unemployed that are now sanctioned caused by the unemployment office for just being a few minutes late for an appointment.

    • Does this figure also include those on zero hours contracts?
      To make things much more fairer so that earners have at least some stability in their finacial lives, why not set all contracts to 12 hours minimum.
      At least then earners will have knowledge that they will have some certain income every week.
      If bosses can’t supply the minimum hours then they should not be making offers of employment, this should also mean that some employees who’s circumstances dictate should be able to refuse these offers.
      It is obvious that most who offer themselves for 12 hours minimum contracts will honour their part, they need the work for the rewards that it brings, otherwise why would they apply for this type of employment.

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