Calderdale unemployment figures rise for third month in succession

File photo dated 18/03/09 of a general view of a Job Centre as the number of people classed as under-employed, including part-timers wanting a full-time job, has increased by a million since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, new figures showed today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 28, 2012. A total of 3.05 million workers were under-employed, with almost two-thirds in part-time jobs, said the Office for National Statistics. See PA story INDUSTRY Employment. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/03/09 of a general view of a Job Centre as the number of people classed as under-employed, including part-timers wanting a full-time job, has increased by a million since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, new figures showed today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 28, 2012. A total of 3.05 million workers were under-employed, with almost two-thirds in part-time jobs, said the Office for National Statistics. See PA story INDUSTRY Employment. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The number of people in Calderdale claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) last month rose to 6,905 - the third month in a row that the figure has increased.

The total number of JSA claimants is made up of 4,650 men and 2,255 women.

It reflects the trend of the region with 3,000 more people becoming unemployed in Yorkshire and the Humber since November.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that a total of 246,000 people are currently unemployed in the region - a nine per cent unemployment rate.

Nationally, the jobless total has jumped by 7,000 to 2.52 million but the unemplyment rate remains at 7.8 per cent an improvement on the 8.3 per cent rate 12 months ago.

The increase in unemployment was fuelled by 16 to 24-year-olds who have suffered throughout the recession and the a total of 993,000 young people are out of work.

Other figures revealed that public sector employment fell for the 13th consecutive quarter, by 20,000 to 5.7 million, the lowest for over a decade.

Local government employment fell by 32,000 and civil service jobs by 4,000, but the figure increased by 11,000 in central government.

There were 29.7 million people in work, up by 590,000 on a year ago.