The latest unemployment figures for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency show that the local unemployment rate has remained broadly static over the last month. However, the figures show a big fall on the previous year.
Figures from the Government showed that there were 1,160 employment-related benefit claimants locally in March which was 1.9 per cent of the working age population. This compares to a rate of 3.7 per cent nationally.
The change from March last year was a decrease of 160 claimants.
Local MP Andrew Jones commented: “Our area has seen historically low unemployment figures over a long period. This is a good because every person in a job is a household receiving an income or a family being supported. Our local JobCentre Plus team do an incredible job helping people into work and these ongoing good figures – well below the national average – reflect that.
“I am particularly pleased that youth unemployment remains low and has, indeed, seen a slight fall in the year-on-year figure.”