Ripon MP welcomes fall in job seekers

The number of claimants has fallen by 27 per cent in the past year. (S)
The number of claimants has fallen by 27 per cent in the past year. (S)
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Ripon MP Julian Smith has welcomed the latest figures showing continued falls in the numbers of those claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the constituency.

In August, the number of unemployed claimants in the Skipton and Ripon constituency was 792 – a fall of 27 per cent on a year ago when 1,080 people were out of work and on the unemployment benefit.

The number is also a fall of 15 people month-on-month. The new figures equate to 1.3 per cent of the working age population in the constituency now receiving Jobseekers Allowance.

The figures also showed that across Yorkshire and the Humber, there are 87,000 more people in work than before the last General Election with an extra 52,000 people in work in the past year.

Mr Smith (Con) said: “It is encouraging that the number of people in work in Yorkshire has increased since the election and the fall in those out of work and on employment benefits in the Skipton and Ripon constituency is particularly positive.

“Businesses are rising to the challenge of creating jobs and the Government are determined to ensure all hardworking people benefit from the recovery.

“There is always more to do, but we should be positive about these figures and hope the encouraging trend continues.”