More Doncaster people in work than this time last year

Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Doncaster again. Picture: Andrew Roe
Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Doncaster again. Picture: Andrew Roe

The number of unemployed people across South Yorkshire has continued to fall, the latest figures show.

In Doncaster, a total of 5,360 people claimed Job Seekers’ Allowance or Universal Credit in March 2016.

The figure is a 17 per cent fall on those receiving benefits in March 2015 - when 6,425 people were claiming.

Since 2010, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in job seekers. Youth unemployment fell by 26 per cent year-on-year.

In March this year, 1,255 young people aged between 18 and 24 were claiming benefits, compared with 1,705 in 2015. Figures show in the last six years there has been a 65 per cent drop in youth unemployment.

Nigel Coleman, employer account manager at Sheffield’s Cavendish Court Job Centre, said: “ We’ve got some fantastic figures again - it’s absolutely phenomenal.

“If we can keep going, it won’t be long before we break more records.”

Nationally, the employment rate remains at a record high of 74.1 per cent.