Rise in town’s unemployment between April and May

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Unemployment rose in Morley between April and May this year, figures from the Department of Work and Pensions have revealed.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in the town increased by two per cent from 678 to 693 over the course of the month.

A spokeswoman for the Job Centre Plus in Leeds attributed the rise to the time of year, though unemployment fell across Leeds as a whole during the same timeframe.

In better news, youth unemployment fell in Morley by nearly three per cent from April to May.

There are now 165 18 - 24 year-olds claiming JSA in the area.

Vicky Tindell-Starbuck, from Job Centre Plus, said: “We have a number of good things that we’re doing to help customers back into work.

“We’ve started a scheme for claimants aged 45 plus, which has had a big uptake in Morley and more and more people are using it.

“This involves us using placements to give people an insight into other sectors.

“We’re also holding a special jobs hub in September where jobseekers can meet training providers and employers.

“Unemployment has gone up in Morley but that’s down to the time of year.

“We’re hopeful it will fall again next month. Overall the number of claimants in Leeds is decreasing every month. It is now down 296 on the register from April.”