Region's employment rate at an all-time high

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Apr 2017

EMPLOYMENT is at an all-time high across the Yorkshire and Humber region, with a figure of 73.8 per cent.

AN upsurge in jobs has seen the number of people claiming unemployed benefits in Hull fall by more than half since 2010.

Figures released this week show there are now 6,580 people claiming out-of-work benefits in the city – down from 14,889 in 2010, and 5 per cent fewer than last year.

The positive outlook is reflected across the East Riding where there are now 3,000 claimants– down from 7,139 in 2016.

Jen Black, customer services leader at the Department of Work and Pensions in Hull, said: "We are getting lots of vacancies and job opportunities, the labour market is really positive at the moment.

"What is particularly pleasing is we are seeing people who may have been out of work for some time tell us they are now employed, and people coming to thank us for support."

Mrs Black said while Hull's City of Culture status was having a marked increase on the number of jobs being created locally, manufacturing was soaring in terms of positions being created.

She said: "We are seeing a real uplift in jobs in the hospitality sector, but manufacturing is also doing really well.

"Food manufacturing in particular is very strong. Part of this is seasonal, but as the economy generally gets better people have more money to spend and this impacts on food they buy.

"We have for some time been seeing the impact Siemens is having on the labour market, but what we are seeing more of now is sub-contracting jobs coming through as a result of what is happening at Green Port Hull."

North East Lincolnshire saw a slight increase in claimants, with an extra 150 people added to the list in March, compared to the previous month.

According to Jobcentre Plus, a total of 3,580 people claimed, up from 3,430 in February.

Lorraine Alexander, employer and partnership manager, said: "We are aware of a number of new developments planned for North East Lincolnshire and this demonstrates confidence in the area.

"Recruitment remains buoyant both for small and large businesses. Our Jobcentre Plus Schools Adviser has been working closely with a number of local schools to highlight the range of seasonal jobs available to older students to get them started on the employment ladder and learning valuable employability skills."

She added: "We are currently working with Primark to raise awareness of their recruiting needs among job seekers and providing support to strengthen their chances of success with applications."

The UK's employment rate was recorded at 74.6 per cent, with 31.84 million people in work – an increase of 312,000 on the year and the joint highest rate since records began in 1971.

The Office for National Statistics also announced that the unemployment rate remains low at 4.7 per cent. It has not been lower since 1975.

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, said: "There's good news in Yorkshire and the Humber, where the employment rate is at a record high of 73.8 per cent with a near record number of 1.21 million women in work."

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