1,000 fewer people out of work in Hull area

More than 1,000 fewer people are out of work in the Hull area, as the UK as a whole sees its unemployment rate fall to its lowest level for more than ten years.

Both the city and county have seen a 14 per cent reduction in the number of people unemployed and claiming JobSeekers Allowance or Universal Credit, since this time last year.

Gill Dillon, employer and partnership manager at Hull Jobcentre Plus, said it was "fantastic" to see the number of claimants continuing to decrease.

"Month on month we are seeing a decrease, and the annual change – a 14 per cent reduction for both Hull and the East Riding – is great news, with more than 1,000 fewer people claiming JobSeekers Allowance or Universal Credit, the majority of them having gone into work."

Ms Dillon said: "The labour market continues to offer a range of opportunities for people, with the opening of new restaurants locally being good for the hospitality sector.

"Care remains a sector where there are still lots of opportunities.

"We are holding two jobs fairs – at our Britannia House offices, on Wednesday, August 3, and at our Market Place offices on Thursday, August 11 – to which any employer recruiting for care work is welcome to attend to find out more."

New Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said the latest statistics, which show a record 31.7 million people now in work – up by 624,000 in the past year – and wages continuing to grow, were "a remarkable set of figures".

He said: "We've entered a period of significant change, but when it comes to our jobs market, we're in a position of strength, with more than 2.6 million more people in work than there were in 2010, the number of workless households cut to an all-time low, 750,000 vacancies in the economy and wages rising, too."

The female employment rate is at 69.6 per cent, the highest since records began in 1971, and at 5.6 per cent, the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who have left full-time education and are unemployed has never been lower.

Martin Beck, senior economic adviser to the EY Item Club, said: "The labour market seems to have shrugged off referendum nerves.

"A 54,000 drop in the number of people out of work in the three months to May pushed the unemployment rate below 5 per cent, the lowest level in almost 11 years."

Posted: Sat 21 Jul 2018
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