Unemployment in Doncaster has fallen by 22 per cent thanks to apprenticeship opportunities and continued jobs boosts in the borough, it is claimed.
Latest figures showed 6,288 people are currently claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Doncaster - a drop year on year of 1,747 or 22 per cent.
Compared with 2010 there has been a drop of 4,127 - 40 per cent claiming JSA.
Meanwhile in the 18 to 24 age group there has been a reduction of 34 per cent with 1,645 currently claiming JSA.
The change since 2010 shows a drop of 1,795 - 52 per cent in the age category.
The news comes as it was revealed the borough is also set for an apprenticeship boom.
Speaking about the figures for Doncaster Nigel Coleman employer account manager at the Job Centre in Sheffield said: “As an employer account manager all of us have seen real in roads from employers wanting to engage with job centres and we’re getting vacancies across all sectors.
“There are some specific sectors that are very short, for example LGV drivers and we’re working closely with a couple of companies including DHL in Doncaster to try and get people trained to be LGV drivers to help the industry out.
“Retail is busy, we’ve got opportunities with fast food outlets, McDonald’s have promised 400 jobs nationwide and Matalan retailers are recruiting in Doncaster, the railways through trackwors again there’s great work going on there.”
Mr Coleman said it was the ideal time for people who were unemployed in Doncaster to be looking for work with the promise of more apprenticeship opportunities to look forward too.
“There’s going to be a future announcement of an awful lot more apprenticeships coming.
“At the moment we’re working with British Telecom they’ve got some BT apprenticeships here in Doncaster but right across the board we’re seeing a real rise and I know that it was announced very, very recently that the increase is going to be significant.”
Official figures showed that unemployment across the UK has dipped to a seven-year low of 1.83 million, although the latest quarterly cut of 35,000 was the smallest for almost two years.
However, figures for the Yorkshire and Humber region as a whole revealed the number of people seeking jobs in the has risen by 13,000.