Unemployment figures halved in Harrogate

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Unemployment figures for the Harrogate district have halved in the last year, new figures show.

There are now 356 people registered unemployed in the district, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has revealed, with just 25 people aged under 24. And out of 650 constituencies, Harrogate is eighth best in the whole of the UK.

“The unemployment figures are more than just a statistic,” said Mr Jones.

“Every person in a job represents an individual success for that person and their family.

“It is a wage going into a household that was not there previously. It is someone developing new skills in the workplace and maybe starting a career path that was not open to them previously.

“These are the reasons why we must never be complacent.”

The figures show there are 22 fewer people registered unemployed this month as compared to last month, fewer than half of those registered just one year ago.

There has also been another fall in youth unemployment, with 25 people under the age of 24 registered unemployed, compared to 300 in May 2010.

And in the latest Government figures, the number of workless households in the district at 8.8 per cent is less than half the regional average, of 17.7 per cent.

“These figures are hugely encouraging,” said Harrogate Borough Council leader Richard Cooper. “The Harrogate district’s economy is going from strength to strength.”