Unemployment rate in Doncaster lowest for six years

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Doncaster has witnessed its number of claims for jobseekers’ allowance reach its lowest for six years, new figures show.

The figure for September was revealed this week to stand at 6,323. It compares with 6,525 in August and 6,759 in November 2008.

But there is concern among borough politicians that the long-term claimants – those claiming for more than 12 months – is still what they describe as high. It was 1,990 in September 2014, compared to 825 in November 2008.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “The fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Doncaster is welcome, but the people who do find work are continuing to see their pay fall far behind the cost of living. Across the country wages have fallen by over £1,600 a year since 2010.

“The Government’s failure to act on low pay has led to millions of people struggling to get by and huge additional costs in housing benefit and tax credits paid to those in work.”

She is calling for the minimum wage to be raised to £8 an hour.

David Cameron said: “The biggest ever fall in unemployment in history, taking it below two million, is great news.

“Our plan is working, but there’s still much more to do.”