Number on benefits falls across Doncaster

Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Sheffield again. Picture: Andrew Roe

Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Sheffield again. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A fifth of unemployed people in Doncaster have found work in the last year, newly released figures show.

The figures for May show there are 6,038 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the borough, down by 1,556 on the year before – a 20 per cent reduction.

The number of people aged 18 to 24 claiming the benefit fell by 500 people – a drop of 25 per cent.

Since 2010, the number of unemployed claimants has fallen in Doncaster by 39 per cent – 3,927 people.

Nigel Coleman, employer account manager at the Cavendish Court jobcentre in Sheffield said the figures were ‘phenomenal.’

He said: “We have been contacted by many people in different sectors.

“They must feel confident in the labour market and are happy to recruit and are looking at taking people on.”

He said there had been a ‘huge rise’ in women in employment in Yorkshire and the Humber.

In Sheffield, there are 9,980 claimants, down by 3,115 – a 24 per cent reduction. Since 2010, the number of people claiming has fallen by 6,027.

In Barnsley, there has been a 26 per cent fall, with 3,855 people now registered, while in Rotherham, numbers claiming fell by 30 per cent to 4,601 people.

Nationally, unemployment between February and April fell by 43,000 to 1.81 million. Wage rises grew at their fastest rate since 2011.