Good news on local unemployment.

The latest unemployment figures for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency show that the local unemployment rate is around half the national rate. 

Figures from the Government showed that there were 1,185 employment-related benefit claimants locally which was 1.9 per cent of the working age population.  This compares to a rate of 3.7 per cent nationally.

Youth unemployment is faring even better with a local unemployment rate among 18 to 24-year-olds of just 3.5 per cent. This is well below the national rate of 4.7 per cent.

Local MP Andrew Jones commented: “These continuing good statistics show that our local economy is dynamic and diverse providing jobs which help support individuals and families.

“Over the past year the total number of claimants in Harrogate and Knaresborough has fallen by 220.  This is down to the perseverance of job applicants, the hard work of the staff at the job centre and an economic background that supports business growth. All three elements are key to the success we are seeing.”