The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Leeds have fallen, according to new figures.
In August, 22,577 people were claiming the benefit in Leeds, down 2,447 on the same month last year.
Wakefield saw a fall of 983 to 8,594 while Kirklees followed the trend with a drop of 667 to 12,121. The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Bradford dropped by more than 1,000 to 19,023.
Across Yorkshire, the number of people recorded as out of work rose slightly in the three months to July to 245,000.
However, compared to this time last year, 52,000 more people are in work.
The unemployment rate in Yorkshire stands at 8.9 per cent compared to just 5.8 per cent in the South East.
Nationally the unemployment rate fell marginally from 7.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent.
Employment Minister Mark Hoban said: “I have always been clear that one of my top priorities as Minister for Employment is to support people off benefits and into work so it is great news that there are now more people in work than ever before – up by one million since this Government came to office – while the number of people claiming the main out of work benefits has plummeted by over 400,000 over the same period.”
The number of people working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job increased across the country by 25,000 to 1.45 million - the highest since records began in 1992.
And the figures showed that wages are continuing to lag behind the rise in prices.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Across the economy ordinary people are yet to feel the benefits of tentative growth, with wages rising around three times slower than prices.”