Jobless toll rise bucking national trend

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UNEMPLOYMENT has risen by 25,000 regionally in the latest statistics, despite a nationwide fall.

The number of job seekers’ allowance claimants rose to 266,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics for April to June this year - against a decrease of 46,000 across the UK compared with the previous three months.

The Government says there are now 2.56million people unemployed – the lowest for almost a year - but there was little change in the numbers of people unemployed for 12 months or longer.

The figures also show total job seekers’ allowance claimants fell by 5,900 in July. Regional or South Yorkshire figures have not yet been revealed.

Work and Pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith said: “These are positive and encouraging figures demonstrating the strength of our private sector - notwithstanding the difficult economic times it is still creating jobs, the vast majority of which are full time. Unemployment is falling and the claimant count is down.”

The number of UK nationals in work hit 26.83m between April and June – up 246,000 on the year before.

Labour is calling on the Government to boost opportunities for young people.

Gordon Marsden, shadow minister for further education, skills and regional growth said: “We would take action by using public procurement and government contracts to boost apprenticeship places.”