Calderdale jobless total at 17-year high

The number of people in Calderdale who are out of work and claiming benefits went up by 146 to 6,984 last month - the highest number since August 1995.

Figures show there were 4,828 men on benefits, which is 7.5 per cent of the working population, compared to 5.6 per cent nationally, and 2,156 women (3.3 per cent) compared to 2.7 per cent nationally.