UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen for the first time in 18 months, latest figures reveal.
The number of people out of work fell by 7,000 to 1.7m in the three months to October - although the total is still almost 200,000 higher than a year ago.
The number claiming jobseekers allowance fell by 5,700 to 950,800 in November - the fourth monthly reduction in the past five months.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that the jobless tally in Huddersfield fell by 28 to 2,045 during November.
The Colne Valley total was down by 14 to 1,232 and the Dewsbury figure fell by 54 to 1,243.
Nationally, the number of people classed as economically inactive, including students, those looking after relatives and people who have given up trying to find work, rose by 38,000 in the quarter to October to stand at 7.84m.
More than one in five people of working age are now economically inactive.
The number of people in work increased by 41,000 over the three months to October to 29m, the second highest on record and a rise of 216,000 over the last year.
Other figures showed that average earnings rose by 4.1% in the year to October - up by 0.2% on the previous month.
Wage growth in private firms was 4.2%, compared to 3.3% in the public sector.
Excluding bonuses, average earnings rose by 3.8% in the latest period, up by 0.3%.