Morley jobs rise beats Leeds average

Morley employment figures are beating the Leeds average.
Morley employment figures are beating the Leeds average.

Unemployment in Morley and Outwood has fallen more than the average for the whole of Leeds, new figures show.

Jobseekers’ Allowance claims have fallen by 43 per cent since 2010 in the constituency, beating the figure for the whole of the Leeds area, which has seen a 38 per cent drop over the same period.

Alison France, of Job Centre Plus in Leeds, said the figures were encouraging.

She said: “We’re heading in the right direction and we’re in a better position as a whole than we were seven years ago. The new Wetherspoons in Morley which is opening in December has been recruiting so that will mean local jobs for local people.”

The statistics mirror the national trend, with joblessness falling at a record rate over the last year.

More than half a million people have found work in the last 12 months, with unemployment now below two million for the first time since the recession.

Employment minister Esther McVey said: “Behind the record figures there are countless individual stories of people turning their lives around, of families who are now feeling more secure with a regular wage, and of young people escaping unemployment.”