Local unemployment figures remain low.

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.”