Jobs boost as more in Doncaster back in work

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More than 2,000 Doncaster job-seekers have found work in the past year, new figures have revealed.

The number of people in the borough claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance has dropped by 2,321 people since this time last year.

There were 6,169 JSA claimants in the borough in October.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said he was pleased to see the monthly figures down yesterday, but concerned that the Government was still failing to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

He said: “It’s good news that the number of people in Doncaster claiming out-of-work benefits has fallen again, but after four years of prices rising faster than wages there is a huge amount of lost ground to make up.

“Working people are now over £1,600 a year worse off than when David Cameron came to office, most people are not feeling any recovery, and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances remains broken.”

Mr Miliband added: “Making work pay is an important part of Labour’s economic plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and earn our way to higher living standards for all.”

The latest figure is a fall from 6,323 in September.

The Doncaster Central parliamentary constituency has the highest number of claimants in Doncaster, with 2,507, down from 2,569 in September.

Doncaster North has 2,124 claimants, down from 2,183 in October.

And Don Valley has 1,538, down from 1,571.

Employment minister Esther McVey said: “Record numbers of people in work means more people with the security of a regular wage who are better able to support themselves and their families.”

She added: “With the vast majority of the rise in employment over the last year being full-time it’s clear that, thanks to the Government’s long-term economic plan, we are helping businesses to create the jobs that people need.”