Calderdale jobless claimants fall

The number of people in Calderdale who are out of work and claiming benefits fell by 69 in July to 6,546 (5 per cent of the working population).

The number of men claiming benefits now stands at 4,397 and there are 2,149 women.

Nationally, the numbers out of work fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The unemployment rate fell to 8 per cent, down from 8.2 per cent in the previous quarter.

The ONS also said number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 5,900 to 1.59 million in July.