More people in work in Hull and the East Riding as UK unemployment drops

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

The latest Labour Market statistics for the Hull and East Riding area show more people in work, while the national unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest in 12 years.

Compared with this time last year, the number of claimants in Hull has reduced by 725, or more than ten per cent, and for the East Riding area, the figure has also reduced by 160, or just over 5 per cent.

Tania Griffiths, employer and skills manager at Hull Jobcentre Plus, said: "All the Jobcentres across Hull and the East Riding are seeing job opportunities in the hospitality and tourism sector.

"There has certainly been some investment in this sector in the city – for example, we have the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opening in Hull later this year and we are working with them on that.

"Then there have been the Humber Street developments, opportunities at St Stephen's and the Avenues area of Hull is buzzing as always."

Ms Griffiths said there was a positive vibe at the moment, with Hull 2017 having an impact.

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"Our jobseekers are stepping up to the mark and going for these roles," she said."There are also employment opportunities still available in factory production."

Responding to today's figures for the UK Labour Market, Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, said: "I'm delighted by another set of record-breaking figures, showing more people in work than ever before and unemployment falling to its lowest in 12 years.

"There's good news in Yorkshire and the Humber, where there is a near record of 2.56 million people in work, with a near record number of 1.20 million women in work as well.

"But we have more to do, which is why we're pressing ahead with our welfare reforms to ensure that it always pays to be in work."

Official figures show that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7 per cent, the lowest level since 2005.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that employment continues to run at a record high rate of 74.6 per cent, with 31.85 million people in work – an increase of 315,000 on the year and more than 2.8 million since 2010.

The rise in employment continues to be driven by full-time work, according to the ONS, which also records that average weekly wages have grown by 2.2 per cent over the past year.

Separate figures out today show more than one million claims have been made to Universal Credit (UC). Of the 410,000 households now receiving UC, around two-thirds are in work.

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