Drop in Doncaster’s unemployment figures

Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Sheffield again. Picture: Andrew Roe
Nigel Coleman, of Job Centre Plus is pleased after the new figures show that unemployment has fallen in Sheffield again. Picture: Andrew Roe

Unemployment levels in Doncaster has fallen by nearly a fifth in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

Doncaster has bucked the national trend as Office for National Statistics figures show the UK unemployment total has risen for the first time in two years.

In the borough, there are 1,257 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s allowance than last year.

Nigel Coleman, an account manager at Job Centre Plus, described the figures as ‘very encouraging’.

He said: “We are in a really good place at the moment. We have been inundated with jobs.

“There are lots of traineeships coming up as well.”

These positions include 15 British Rail apprenticeships, as well as BBC digital apprenticeships in the area.

Mr Coleman said: “It’s an exciting time for a young person who want to get into digital industry – and they can even with no qualifications.”

“The Hesley Group is also working closely with Job Centre Plus to recruit people.

“It is a care organisation which works with people with autism and mental health problems.”

Other openings include apprenticeships for courier service DHL and positions for lorry drivers within the company.

More young people in Doncaster have also gone into jobs.

Over the last year, there has been a fall in the number of unemployed people aged 18 to 24 by 20 per cent, from 7,122 young people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in 2014 to 5,865 this year.

Since 2010, 3,573 people have stopped claiming benefit, a fall of 38 per cent.

Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield have also had a major increase in employment rates.

Barnsley has had a 21 per cent drop in overall unemployment figures in the past year from 4,725 to 3,747 in 2015.

It is a similar case in Rotherham, where there has been a drop of 26 per cent of unemployed people .

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance has dropped from 5,905 to 4,371.

Sheffield has also had a drop of 22 per cent over the last year. There are now 9,758 unemployed people in the city, instead of 12,432 which was the case last year.

Priti Patel, employment minister, said: “In Yorkshire and Humber alone, there are near record numbers of women in work.

“As part of our one-nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential.”