THE number of people in Calderdale who are out of work and claiming benefits went up again last month by 280 to 6,838.
That includes 4,713 men and 2,125 women - 5.3 per cent of the workforce, compared to 4 per cent nationally.
The figures have prompted Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan to make a plea for the Government to “urgently invest in jobs, public services and businesses.”
“Nearly one in 10 economically active people in Halifax are now out of work - shocking figures, which are a devastating indictment of what this Government’s policies are doing to Northern towns and cities,” she said.
There are 664 vacancies at Calderdale Job Centres - one job for every 10.3 claimants, compared to 8.5 last month.
*UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December, official figures have shown, the smallest rise in almost a year.