Latest unemployment figures reveal a new low

UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen to its lowest level in the district in recent years, according to the latest data.

Figures for October dropped slightly by 0.3 per cent, meaning a fall in the number of unemployed people in Bradford for the seventh months in a row/

The number of claimants in district hit 8,625, which was 25 less than the previous month.

In addition, this figure was 6.8 per cent down on the same time a year ago, and a 7.8 per cent drop on 2015.

The claimant rate remained the same at 2.6 per cent in the district, compared to the regional figure of 2.2 per cent and the national figure of 1.9 per cent.

The data from the Office of National Statistics includes both people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and those claiming Universal Credit benefits principally for unemployment reasons.

Out of the district’s five parliamentary constituencies, Keighley performed the best month-on-month with a fall of 2.4 per cent, a drop of 25 claimants to reach 1,005 people.

In Bradford East the number of claimants fell by 25 or 1.1 per cent, with a total of 2,285 people.

While Bradford West experienced the smallest drop at 0.6 per cent on the previous month, to reach 2,650 claimants, a drop of 15 people. However it continued to have the highest claimant rate in the district at 3.5 per cent.

There was an increase in claimants in Bradford South, by 1.4 per cent or 25 people, to hit 1,765.

Meanwhile, Shipley saw the largest rise in claimants, by 1.7 per cent on the previous month, or 15 people, to reach 920. The constituency continued to have the lowest claimant rate in the district at 1.6 per cent.

In Yorkshire and Humber the claimant count rose by 332 on the previous month to 76,391, and nationally the figure was 806,064, a rise of 1,082 over the same time period.

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