Unemployment levels drop in year comparison

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The borough’s unemployment figures have dropped dramatically by 31 per cent compared to this time last year.

Latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that the Jobseekers Allowance claimant count currently stands at 870, compared to last year’s figure of 1,260.

And of the 870 current claimants, just 140 of them are aged 18 to 24.

The local figures appear to reflect what is happening nationally, with the employment rate at a record 73.6 per cent.

The national unemployment figure has also dipped below 1.8 million for the first time since 2008.

Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill said it was good news for local people looking to the potash and windfarm developments.

“This is great news for people in Whitby and Scarborough who want to work hard and get on.

“With nearly three-quarters of a million vacancies advertised across the country and good jobs being created in North Yorkshire, these figures show we are moving towards a society with opportunity and security at its heart.

“The figures show that Britain’s economic plan continues to create jobs and increase pay with the highest rate of employment in our history.

“However, with recent data showing our trading partners’ growth is slowing, we must not be complacent.

“All this progress would be put at risk if we don’t carry on with our plan to build a resilient economy, delivering the economic security of a country that lives within its means.”