Figures reveal drop in people without a job

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The fall in unemployment rates in Calderdale has been welcomed by councillors.

The latest figures for Halifax and Calder Valley are 0,9 and 1.8 per cent lower respectively year on year.

Councillor Chris Pillai (Rastrick, Con) said: “This confirms how the Government’s economic plan coupled with the much needed reform of our welfare system is working.

“I have attended numerous meetings to discuss what can be done to combat unemployment and poverty, and stressed the importance of the private sector in creating the wealth and real jobs.

“I have to say it’s fairly simple - get the public sector out of the way and let the wealth creating sector grow and unemployment falls.”

Unemployment in Yorkshire and The Humber fell by 12,000 in the three months to June, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a total of 218,000 people were unemployed in the region between April and June. The region’s unemployment rate was 7.8 per cent and saw a fall of 5.2 per cent during the period.

Unemployment has continued to fall in the UK, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.