The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance has plunged year-on-year across South Yorkshire painting a ‘very positive’ employment outlook, claim Jobcentre bosses.
Sheffield has enjoyed a 27 per cent drop in the number of people claiming the unemployment benefit, which currently stands at 10,623, down by 3,583 in February 2015 compared to February 2014.
Youth unemployment has also dropped by 1,340 people, down to 2,585 in total – a fall of 34 per cent.
Compared to 2010, JSA claimants in Sheffield have dropped by 6,445, down 38 per cent, which includes 2,935 young people aged 18 to 24 – a 53 per cent fall.
Sheffield Jobcentre spokesman Nigel Cole said: “Overall the figures are very positive. We are seeing a South Yorkshire trend for employers creating vacancies that they couldn’t before.
“In the past we have talked about seasonal slowdown but we aren’t seeing that this time, it seems to be going up and up.
“The British Hospitality Association held a hospitality conference in Sheffield on Tuesday and there were pledges made for jobs, apprenticeships and work experience placements.
“It was a very successful event and there were lots of different hospitality employers looking to take people on.”
In Rotherham, JSA claimants are down 29 per cent year-on-year to 5,290 people, and down 42 per cent compared to 2010. Youth unemployment has also dropped 33 per cent and 55 per cent year-on-year and against 2010 respectively.
Barnsley had a 30 per cent fall year-on-year.
There are 3,436 fewer claimants in the town compared to 2010 – a 44 per cent fall. Youth unemployment was down 60 per cent compared to 2010.
Mr Cole said the jobs were not just minimum wage roles but a wide variety and added the number of claimants cut through benefits sanctions represented only a ‘very small minority.’