GOVERNMENT funding has helped create 150 jobs for long-term unemployed people in Calderdale.
The new jobs have been provided by Calderdale Council and other bodies under the Future Jobs Fund.
The jobs come on top of 162 posts created in the district through the same fund last September.
The new jobs are being provided by a cross-section of local social enterprises, charities, community groups and public bodies. They will start in May.
Clr Amanda Byrne, Calderdale Council cabinet member for economy and the environment, said: “I am delighted we have received backing for a further 150 jobs.
“It will really help the people whose opportunities have been damaged by the recession and will help them develop the skills and experience they need to gain sustainable employment.
“It is also a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy.”
People aged 18 to 24 who have been out of work for six to 12 months are eligible, along with over-25s in high unemployment areas.
The fund aims to create 170,000 additional jobs across the UK.