Sheffield’s jobseekers down as unemployment and jobs picture brightens

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The number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance in Sheffield has plummeted by a quarter in one year, including thousands more young people who have found work in the city.

A total of 11,575 people claimed the unemployment benefit in September, a drop of 3,958 on the same month in 2013, or 25 per cent.

The number of people aged 18 to 24 on the dole also dropped by 28 per cent - 1,270 down to 3,190.

Nigel Coleman, employer account manager at the JobCentre in Cavendish Street, Sheffield city centre, said: “We have an awful lot more young people going into work, especially considering we have a growing young population.

“Work experience placements are helping young people get into work. We found about 45 per cent of people that have done a placement were picked up by their host, or able to find work through a reference.

“There are also a lot getting employment from sector-based work academies, because it is risk-free for both parties, they are still on benefits but that employer can make an informed decision about them.”

Rotherham has outperformed Sheffield - Mr Coleman said the number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in the town has dropped 38 per cent year on year, and 27 per cent overall.

He added: “Meadowhall is recruiting, the Next extension, Ikea coming to Sheffield... all of that is having a very positive effect.

“It’s excellent. We are seeing a really positive growth in employment and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down at this time, and hopefully we will keep these figures going.”