Unemployment in Hull and East Riding falls as UK sees highest number in work since 1971

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Aug 2017

Hull and East Riding have both seen a fall in unemployment for July 2017 - in line with the national figures released on Wednesday.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show nationally the number of people in work is the highest since records began in 1971.

There are now 338,000 more people in work in the UK compared to this time last year.

The Department for Work and Pensions in Hull says regionally there has also been a drop in unemployment.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit and are searching for work has decreased in Hull. By July this year there have been 6,160 claimants, compared to 6,335 claimants in July 2016.

Results are similar in East Riding, with a fall of 2 per cent, bringing the total number of claimants down to 2,655. East Riding also saw a drop in the number of claimants aged between 18 and 24 by 6 per cent.

Gill Dillon, employer and partnership manager at the DWP North East Yorkshire and Humber, said this was a positive trend in line with expectations.

She said: “For the amount of people on universal credit and those unable to work, we saw a decrease in claimants. The decrease in looking for work therefore suggests the increase in numbers of people now in jobs.

“The five year change in the number of claimants shows a big difference to what it has previously been.

“The figures seem to show what we would really expect for this period. The difference over the period of years shows the surge in the business market locally.”

She said signs have been positive for young people getting into employment, with jobs being created, particularly in hospitality and retail.

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Ms Dillon said: “As well as helping support people on benefits, we help employers fill vacancies. The hospitality sector is doing well, there are lots of opportunities with City of Culture with things like restaurants continuing to be strong.

“Retail has been doing well recently as well with store openings as it’s a core sector across the area.

"Apart from sadly recently at Genius foods we have not seen significant redundancies.”

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said: “These statistics show that record levels of people are in work across the country and earning a wage, which is great news.

“Over 3 million more people are in work now than in 2010, with seven in ten of these roles being in higher skilled work."

However, the TUC worker’s union has raised concerns Yorkshire and the Humber has the lowest number of weekly hours worked, at 31.4 hours a week for people across the region.

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Yorkshire & Humber regional secretary Bill Adams said: “Insecurity at work is becoming the new normal for too many workers.

"It’s happening across new and old industries, with workers forced onto shady contracts whether they’re Uber drivers, bar staff or teaching assistants.

“The evidence of falling hours and wages growth, combined with the huge rise in self-employed workers, shows the effect the gig economy is having on hard working Yorkshire folk.”



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