Unemployment in York has fallen to an five-year low, official figures released today revealed.
The news from Office for National Statistics stated that there are 2317 Jobs Seekers Allowance claimants in York, a fall of 134 from last month and of 740 from September 2012. It is the lowest number since October 2008. The claimant count represents 1.7% of the working population and contrasts to the regional average which stands at 4.1%. The figures are also much lower than the national average which stands at 3.2%.
Talking about the fall in claimants Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council, said: “Low unemployment is testament to working in partnership with the private sector to grow the economy and increase the number of job opportunities for York residents. These are the best figures for five years and outperform the region and national picture.
“Despite approaching full employment, in work poverty, low wages and the cost of living remains are becoming increasingly important issues for York residents and the council. The best way to combat poverty in this city is to get people into well paid work, that is my priority.”