BRITAIN saw a record rise in employment in the three months to July – as official figures showed 286,000 more people had found jobs.
But unemployment fell by less than expected in the quarter – down 8,000 to 2.47m – while the Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant count rose by an unexpected 2,300 last month to 1.47m, the first increase since January.
There were mixed fortunes for local constituencies with the claimant count for Huddersfield up by 76 to 3,371 during August and the figure for Dewsbury 50 higher at 2,509. But Colne Valley saw a fall of 54 to 2,405.
The jobless total for Yorkshire fell by about 12,000 during the quarter to stand at about 242,000 or 9.1% of the working age population.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested the national rise in employment was driven by the private sector and was largely due to those classed as economically inactive, such as students, taking on jobs.
The quarterly rise in employment, which was the largest since the ONS began collecting the data in 1971, was driven by a rise in both part-time and full-time workers.
The rise in those seeking Jobseeker’s Allowance will cause concern, with experts already warning that the private sector may not be strong enough to compensate for the 600,000 public sector jobs expected to go over the next five years due to massive spending cuts..
The number of those out of work for more than 12 months rose by 16,000 to 797,000 in the three months to July, said the ONS.