Outlook for Yorkshire and Humber’s Jobs Market Remains Positive


The number of people employed in Yorkshire and Humber has increased by 9,000 in the last quarter, according to new Labour Market Statistics from the Office of National Statistics, released this week.

Employment stood at 2,415,000 in the three months to July 2010, increasing the employment rate slightly from 69.2 per cent to 69.3 per cent. The latest figures are also an increase on this time last year, with an extra 24,000 people in employment in the region.

Patrick Bowes, Chief Economist for Yorkshire Forward comments:
“Broadly the underlying trend remains positive – with the employment rate rising marginally in the three months to July and the total of those unemployed falling by over 12,000. Clearly further challenges lie ahead for the jobs market with early signs from the claimant count and vacancy series suggesting the momentum of those leaving the claimant register has stalled.

“The pattern and nature of job creation across Yorkshire is also consistent with that seen nationally and emphasises the important role of the private sector as the engine of jobs creation. What is clear is that most private sector employers are focusing on short-term or part-time hiring to fuel employment growth; this trend supports the view that private sector order books are still recovering.”

Seasonally adjusted* unemployment for the same period, May to July 2010 was down by 12,000 on the previous quarter, dropping from 255,000 to 242,000. The unemployment rate dropped from 9.6 to 9.1 per cent.

Unemployment among men continued to exceed that among women, with rates of 10.8 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively. Both rates fell in the three months to June compared with the previous quarter.

The seasonally adjusted Claimant Count – those claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance – rate remained unchanged between July and August at 5.5 per cent.

Notes to editors:

*The seasonal adjustment of employment/unemployment figures takes into account any increase/ decrease in figures due to seasonal factors - such as national holidays and seasonal work - to identify the underlying trend.

Each month Yorkshire Forward together with Jobcentre Plus and the Office for National Statistics produce a regional briefing on the state of the labour market, which can be accessed at www.yorkshire-forward.com/our-wonderful-region/our-economy/labour-market-skills

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