Promising fall in jobless figures in Doncaster

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The number of Doncaster residents claiming jobseekers’ allowance is at its lowest level in three years, new figures show.

Some 8,490 people claimed JSA in October – a fall of 1,670 on the same time last year.

In Doncaster North there were 2,774 claimants, down from 2,989 in September. Doncaster Central had 3,459 claimants, down from 3,633 the previous month, and Don Valley had 2,257, down from 2,319.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “We are delighted to see these figures, which have been reducing significantly for a few months now.

“Obviously there is always more to do so we don’t want to be complacent but with thousands more jobs to be created through regeneration projects such as the Airport Growth Corridor, we have real reason to be positive and optimistic.”

Meanwhile, the number of jobless young people in the town is at its lowest level for five years.

The number of claimants aged 18 to 24 was 2,450 last month – a fall of 190 on September and 825 on last year.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “There’s more work to do, and we are not complacent, but these are all very positive signs.”

But Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said the town is still far from recovered, and figures show the number of 18- to 24-year-olds who have been on the dole for more than 12 months climbed from 285 in October 2010 to 540 in October 2013.

She said: “The number of people who want to work full-time but are stuck on part-time hours is at a record high. And youth unemployment is still at unacceptable and unaffordable levels.”