Jobseeker’s Allowance claims in the Morley and Outwood constituency have fallen by 0.8 per cent over the last 12 months, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.
510 people in the area have found work since September 2013 with two per cent of the working population now registered as unemployed.
The statistics mirror the nationwide trend in unemployment, which has fallen to its lowest level since 2008. Fewer than one million people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance last month, with 1,287 of those being from Morley and Outwood.
However, the figures were offset by 60 redundancies at the Kodak store in Morley on 31st July.
Alison France, from Job Centre Plus in Morley, said: “The figures show that we are heading in the right direction as far as jobs are concerned. Unemployment has fallen month by month for some time and this is good news for Morley, despite the unfortunate redundancies at Kodak.
“We have been working with unemployed people and trying to develop their transferrable skills to make it easier for them to find a new job. We have also introduced them to social media and the ways in which it can be used to apply for jobs.”