Jobless figure low and 321 vacancies

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UNEMPLOYMENT figures in Scarborough are falling with figures hitting a new low for 2011.

New data shows the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in the town has dropped to 2,402.

The latest figure, which is for June, equates to 3.6 per cent of Scarborough’s residents, which is lower than both the Yorkshire total of 4.1 per cent and the national total of 3.7 per cent.

Numbers have also dropped since May when 2,435 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance, showing 33 people may have found work in the last month.

June’s total is the lowest so far this year, with unemployment figures peaking in February at 3,088.

Year on year comparisons for June also who the recent data is the lowest for three years, with totals dropping from 2,546 in June 2010, and 2536 in June 2009.

There is still a way to go though until the pre-recession figures of June 2008 when a comparatively low 1.490 were reported out of work.

Of the total number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Scarborough for June, 1,701 claimants were male compared to 701 female claimants.

The data, released by the Office of National Statistics, shows that the highest age group out of work is the 25 to 49-year-old category in which 1,360 people are out of work, 225 of which have been without employment for more than a year.

The figure is 4.4 per cent of people in Scarborough in that age category, which is higher than the national total of 3.9 per cent, but lower than the Yorkshire total of 4.7 per cent.

The 18 to 24-year-old category was much lower with 560 people claiming. The total represents 5.9 per cent of Scarborough’s 18 to 24-year-olds.

At total of 465 people in Scarborough aged between 50 and 64 years claim Job Seekers Allowance - two per cent of that age group in the town.

Scarborough’s unemployment figures have been helped by recent initiatives to get people in to work, particularly the recent 100 in 100 Apprentices campaign.