Doncaster JSA claimants are lowest for five years

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The number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is now below the pre-recession levels of five years ago, new figures have revealed.

In November, the number of people aged 18 to 24 claiming JSA was 2,255 – a fall of 885 (28 per cent) compared to the same time last year.

Overall, the number of people claiming JSA is 7,970, the lowest it’s been for five years and a fall of 2,021 (20 per cent) on the same time last year.

Doncaster has also narrowed the gap with the overall Yorkshire and Humber JSA rate.

The gap is currently 0.3 percentage points (based on JSA rates of 4.1 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively).

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said she was ‘delighted’ with the progress.

She said:“We have worked hard to identify where we can create jobs in the right areas.

“These latest figures have been reducing significantly for a few months now and we are delighted with the progress.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that our jobless figures are below those before the recession started to bite. Obviously there is always more to do and we have some difficult decisions to make in the New Year – we want to ensure that these figures reflect well in terms of employment figures.”

She added: “We cannot be complacent but with thousands more jobs to be created through regeneration projects such as the Airport Growth Corridor and Urban Centre, we do have reason to be optimistic about 2014 - and future job prospects here in Doncaster.”

Boosting jobs and growth was one of Coun Jones main election pledges when she came into office in May last year.

Despite the total number of people claiming JSA aged between 18 and 24 has fallen, the number of people claiming the dole for more than 12 months increased to 505 inNovember this year, compared with 255 in November 2010.

Meanwhile, the number of people in employment across the borough has increased to 66 per cent, following a job slump of 63.5 per cent employment in 2011/12.