Doncaster job figures hit decade high

A woman looking into the window of a job centre.
A woman looking into the window of a job centre.

For the first time in a decade more than 130,000 people in Doncaster are in work, according to new figures released this week.

Data from the annual population survey, which covers the period up until March this year, shows how the employment rate for people working across the borough has risen from 66.5 to 69 per cent.

This is the first time employment rates have been as high since before the recession in 2008, when they were at 69.8 per cent.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, called the ‘strong employment figures’ good news.

She added: “While there is still work to be done to increase employment levels further, we can be encouraged by the improvements made over the last 12 months.

“The council is working hard to support local business and create new jobs.

“With major schemes like FARRRS set to deliver thousands of jobs, prospects in Doncaster are looking very good.”

The number of young people claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) has also fallen by a third, compared with this time last year.

Meanwhile the number of people aged between 16-64 in Doncaster claiming JSA has fallen by 27 per cent in the same period.