FIGURES2 Big annual fall in Jobseeker claims

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The number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants in Sheffield has fallen from 16,109 in August last year to 11,800.

In Rotherham they are down from 7,910 to 5,647 in the same period and in Barnsley they are down from 6,915 to 4,385, says the DWP.

Nationally, the figure is below 1m, with 423,600 fewer claimants than a year ago.