Job seeker numbers drop across the district

Unemployment levels in Harrogate and Knaresborough have fallen faster than anywhere else in the country, new figures show.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance - the most common measure - is at its lowest level since May 2010. Over the last 12 months the number of claimants in the district has dropped by a third, the biggest decrease of any constituency in the UK.

And the number who have been claiming for a year or more has decreased by even more - over 34 per cent.

“This means more people in work and more families with a breadwinner,” said Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones, who revealed there are just 170 young people aged between 18 and 24 claiming.

“Our local economy is performing well despite the challenging economic times the country continues to face.

“While this is good news I recognise that progress still needs to be made to support every person without work and every family without a wage coming in.

“We need to ensure that the skills employers need in our area are available and that we publicise the attractiveness of our area for business.”