The number of people out of work in Doncaster has fallen – but MPs say more still needs to be done to tackle long-term unemployment.
According to new figures the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in August was down by almost five per cent since the last set of figures was released in July.
The number of people claiming the benefit in Doncaster has dropped by 323, from 6,848 to 6,525.
Meanwhile the number of people out of work across Yorkshire has fallen by 25,000.
But the fall to 203,000 people out of work in the three months until the end of July still leaves the region with a 7.3 per cent unemployment rate – the second highest in the country.
Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said there are still more than 2,000 people in Doncaster claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months, and said: “Long-term unemployment in the borough is still unacceptably high.”
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton added: “The fall in Doncaster is welcome, but working people continue to see their pay fall behind the cost of living.
“Across the country, pay excluding bonuses is now the lowest on record. Under this government wages after inflation have already fallen by more than £1,600 a year since 2010.”
Prime Minister David Cameron insisted: “We had a long-term economic plan, we stuck to that plan, and you can see today that plan is working.”