Unemployment falls by 24 per cent across Sheffield, new figures show

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

Almost a quarter of unemployed people in Sheffield have found work in the last year, new figures show.

The latest figures, for May, show there are now 9,980 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the city – down by 3,115 on the year before, a 24 per cent reduction.

Since 2010, the number of people claiming the benefit has fallen across Sheffield by 6,027 – a drop of 38 per cent.

Nigel Coleman, employer account manager at the Cavendish Court jobcentre in Sheffield city centre, said the figures were ‘phenomenal.’

He said: “We have been contacted by many people in different sectors and it’s not just in Sheffield, it’s right across South Yorkshire.

“They must feel confident in the labour market and are happy to recruit and are looking at taking people on.”

He said there had been a ‘huge rise’ in women in employment in Yorkshire and the Humber.

In Barnsley, there has been a 26 per cent fall in claimants, with 3,855 people now registered – a fall of 46 per cent compared to 2010.

In Rotherham, numbers claiming unemployment-related benefits in May fell by 30 per cent to 4,601 people.

Nationally, unemployment between February and April fell by 43,000 to 1.81 million.

Wage rises grew at their fastest rate since August 2011.