An extra 300 people are now claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Sheffield, new figures have revealed.
A total of 10,585 people are now claiming JSA in the city - 319 more than the 10,266 claimants in December 2014.
But officials say unemployment is down in Sheffield by 26 per cent since January 2014 and it is fairer to compare figures on a year-by-year basis rather than month-by-month.
Nigel Coleman, an employer account manager at the city’s Cavendish Court job centre, said almost 4,000 people have stopped claiming JSA in the city in the last 12 months.
He said more than 1,200 young people aged between 18 and 24 have also moved off benefits after finding work in the same time period, a 34 per cent reduction.
The jobs figures come as it was revealed the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone has created nearly 700 jobs since being launched in April 2012.
Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “Unemployment is down 34 per cent across Sheffield since the 2010 election and we have more people in work and more apprentices. I am proud that Liberal Democrats are delivering for Sheffield and look forward to delivering much more in the future.”
Employment is also at a record high across Yorkshire and the Humber, with over 2.5m in work between October and November 2014 - up by 50,000 people on the year before.
But TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “At the current rate of progress it will take until at least the end of the next parliament just for wages to recover their lost value. There is still a long way to go before we see a full recovery.”