Unemployment drops by 21,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber
Unemployment has fallen below 2.5 million and is now lower than in Spring 2010, according to official figures released today.
There were falls in the number of unemployed young people as well as a fall in long-term unemployment, while the number of people in work rose by 90,000 and remains at a record level, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The number of people unemployed for more than six months fell by 46,000 compared to the previous quarter, including a 5,000 drop in the number of people unemployed for more than a year.
Top line figures for Yorkshire and the Humber show that employment figures of 2,497,000 has led to 34,000 people getting back into work.
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While in our region, unemployment, which currently stands at 241,000 has fallen by 21,000.
Numbers of young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell again, and excluding students the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds is 92,000 lower than this time last year.
In Yorkshire and the Humber there are 162,700 people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance.
Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban, welcomed the statistics which show the number of people in work has now been rising for 15 months. The UK employment rate is growing at almost double the rate of the US, and faster than any other G7 country.
Mr Hoban said:
"These are very positive figures showing employment rising for 15 months and despite difficult economic circumstances unemployment is lower than when this government took office.
"It's good to see long-term unemployment falling and the number of young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance dropping again, while the increase in vacancies shows there are jobs out there.
"But we are not complacent, and will continue making sure we give jobseekers the support and training they need to achieve their goal of returning to work."