Leeds jobless numbers continue to fall

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The number of Leeds people out of work and on benefits fell by 651 last month.

There are now 13,236 people registered unemployed with JobCentre Plus in the city.

The number of young people out of work and not in training or education also fell by 220 from May to June, falling to below 3,000.

The newest Labour Market statistics released yesterday by the Office of National Statistics also revealed that in West Yorkshire as a whole, there are now 37,390 adults unemployed and on jobseekers’ allowance, a drop of 1,568 from the previous month.

Vicky Tindell-Starbuck, a manager at Jobcentre Plus in Leeds, welcomed the figures, and said a number of new initiatives were working particularly well in getting young people aged 18-24 back into work.

“It’s great news,” she told the YEP. “Usually we expect the number to go up at this time of year because of the number of young people aged 18 who finish A-Levels [and are not in work or accepting a University place].

“We have been working hard with employers like the Spirit Group who have quite a lot of establishments spread out across the whole of Leeds. We are also working with Amsterdam airport on a pilot which involves people who are on benefits here getting a permanent job there. They will be living out there and will get a permanent full time warehouse operative job and accommodation organised as part of the package.”

Responding to improved Yorkshire-wide and national figures, employment minister Priti Patel said she was particularly pleased to see there were “near record numbers of women in work.”