Christmas shifts aid rise in employment in Morley

Job Centre Plus. Picture by FRANK REID
Job Centre Plus. Picture by FRANK REID

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Morley fell by 3.6 per cent last month, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed.

As of the end of October, 558 people in the town are seeking employment.

Across Leeds, 2.3 per cent of the working population are claiming JSA, as the number of jobseekers continues to outnumber vacancies.

Between 20 and 30 per cent of new jobs acquired in October are thought to be temporary and Christmas work, which could result in the figures rising again at the turn of the year.

However, Simon Betts from the DWP said he was hopeful that the progress of the local economy would curtail that effect.

“We tend to find that temporary and Christmas work can put jobseekers into a working mindset and it improves their confidence, which will in turn help them find further employment.

“There’s a lot of work going in the retail sector in West Yorkshire at the moment, around the Victoria Quarter in Leeds and with the opening of the new shopping centre in Bradford. So we’re hopeful that that (momentum) can be sustained.”