YORKSHIRE has bucked the national trend of falling jobless figures with the number of people out of work in the region rising by 13,000 over the last three months.
The latest official statistics showed the number of people out of work in Yorkshire has increased to 177,000.
Wales and the North-East are the only parts of the UK with a higher unemployment rate than Yorkshire’s 6.6 per cent.
Nationally, unemployment has dipped to a seven-year low of 1.83 million, although the latest quarterly cut of 35,000 was the smallest for almost two years.
The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance across the UK fell by 12,600 in April to 763,000.
Chancellor George Osborne said: “Today we see further proof the plan is working with unemployment falling, record numbers of people in work and confirmation that regular pay packets are growing at their fastest in four years, putting more in people’s pockets and stretching family budgets that bit further. “
The figures showed that more than half of the increase in employment over the past year related to workers from countries outside the UK.
In the year to March 2015, numbers of non-UK national workers rose by 294,000 to reach 3.09 million.
Yorkshire Ukip MEP Jane Collins, the party’s employment spokeswoman, said: “While Ukip supports limited immigration of skilled professionals from across the globe, this level of mainly unskilled migration from the EU is totally unsustainable in both the short and long term.”