City jobless total down by a quarter

'Long-term economic plan is working' - Ripon MP Julian Smith
'Long-term economic plan is working' - Ripon MP Julian Smith

The number of people looking for jobs in Ripon has fallen by nearly a quarter in three months, with just over 100 on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

The latest figures, which record the number of job seekers up to the end of May, have been welcomed by Ripon MP Julian Smith (Con) after they showed 103 people were claiming across the Minster, Moorside and Spa wards.

“The number of people claiming JSA in Skipton and Ripon is down by a third from one year ago, which shows our long-term economic plan to reduce the number of people on benefits and helping people back into employment is working,” said Mr Smith.

The figure represents a reduction of 24.8 per cent on the previous three months when the number of job seekers for February was 137. It is also the lowest May figure for six years, when in May 2008 the number of people claiming was 100.

There has been a 61.6 per cent drop in claimants from the highest May figure – in 2009 – when 268 people were claiming JSA.

In the individual wards for May 2014, Ripon Minster had 49 JSA claimants, with Moorside and Spa having 27 each.

There is also good news in Boroughbridge, with that ward’s JSA claimants figure for May standing at 11 – a fall of nearly a third (31.3 per cent) over three months and the lowest May figure since 2006, when there were nine.

It is also less than half the highest May figure recorded since 2006, which was in 2013 when there were 23 claimants – a decrease of 52.2 per cent.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones (Con) has also welcomed news that youth unemployment in his constituency (which includes Boroughbridge) stands at 50 people – the lowest amount of any constituency in the country.

Mr Jones revealed the figure for 18 to 24-year-olds was down 83 per cent since 2010.

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