UNEMPLOYMENT in Rotherham has fallen, according to new government figures — but the number of young people out of work has gone up.
The total of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit in Rotherham – which includes Maltby, Dinnington and Mexborough – fell by 65 or 1.5 per cent to 4,025 for June compared to a year ago.
Among people aged 18 to 24, there were 950 people on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit - a rise of 50 or 5.5 per cent on this time last year.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 64,000 for the March to May period, with unemployment nationally at 1.49 million. The unemployment rate for the March to May period is 4.5 per cent.
Nigel Coleman, of Jobcentre Plus in Rotherham, said: “It is still looking very healthy.
“With regards to the 18-24 year old figures, it’s that time of year.”
Mr Coleman said that the figures for younger people had been swelled by school and university leavers, as well as people dropping off courses, and those making fresh claims for Universal Credit.
He said that job opportunities were being made available by Mears Construction and Mears College in Rotherham, as well as with G4S, and the Prince’s Trust.
Minister for employment, Damian Hinds, said: “These latest statistics are another reminder that our strong economy is giving record numbers of people the chance to find and stay in work."