Calderdale unemployment figures fall

Wakefield Job Centre.
Wakefield Job Centre.

The number of people in Calderdale claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell last month.

The total number of JSA claimants for June was 2684 - 1,760 males and 924 females.

The total number for Calderdale in May was 2,919.

Unemployment figures also fell across the region.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that a total of 80,968 people were unemployed across Yorkshire and the Humber in June, compared with 84,421 in May.

But the picture is different nationally. Official figures show unemployment has risen for the first time in more than two years.

The number of jobless increased by 15,000 to 1.85 million in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

It was the first quarterly increase in the number since the three months to March 2013.

ONS statistician Nick Palmer said: “It’s possible that the rate of improvement in the labour market that we have seen over the last three years may have eased off, though it is too early to be certain.”

But the figures also showed that pay rises continued to accelerate, with average weekly earnings up by 3.2% year-on-year in the three months to May, up from 2.7% in the three months to April.