Unemployment up eight per cent in Morley and Outwood
The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the constituency increased by almost eight per cent from December.
The rise far exceeded that of the whole of the Leeds area, which saw the number of claims jump by 4.3 per cent.
The Department of Work and Pensions attributed the increase to Christmas jobs and short-term contracts coming to an end.
Alison France, from Job Centre Plus in Leeds, said: “Historically you have a peak in January as people have taken temporary work over Christmas. However we are working with these individuals in Leeds to ensure that their CV’s are updated with recent work experience and the Work Coaches are working with them intensively to move them into other suitable employment.”
Overall, joblessness is down in Morley by 31 per cent on this time last year although youth unemployment remains a problem issue for the area, with 18 - 24 year-olds making up for more than a fifth of the total number of claimants.