Unemployment falls in Bradford but rate still a cause for concern

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: OPTIMISM: Diana Towler, employer and partnership manager for Bradford JobCentres, is encouraged by the fall in unemployment OPTIMISM: Diana Towler, employer and partnership manager for Bradford JobCentres, is encouraged by the fall in unemployment

THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Bradford district fell by almost 600 last month.

Office of National Statistics data, published today, showed 14,955 people claimed Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA) across the Bradford district in June, a reduction of 588 on the previous month.

June's figures break down as 9,474 men and 5,481 women with a total of 3,655 people in the district aged 18 to 24 seeking work, which is 7.5 per cent of the total age range for the area.

This leaves 4.5 per cent of those eligible still claiming the benefit, above the Yorkshire and the Humber average of 3.2 per cent and the UK average of 2.4 per cent.

Those claiming Job Seekers' Allowance in Bradford for up to six months is 6,685, six to 12 months is 2,840 and more than 12 months the figure is 5,425.

Overall, the unemployment rate for all ages in Bradford has gone down by 22 per cent in the period between July 2013 and June 2014.

Diana Towler, employer and partnership manager for Bradford Jobcentres, said: "I'm very encouraged by the figures but it's a slow building process.

"There has been a lot of focus on young people and youth unemployment but it has reduced in excess of 20 per cent over the last 12 months in Bradford. A lot of that is down to the youth contract.

"The Westfield development brings other opportunities for jobs. We are working with Bradford Council and other partners to look at delivering a level of support to recruit of vacancies that will come up.

"Over the next 12 months we will help prepare people to move into the jobs that come out of Westfield.

"There is still a lot of work to do but we are going in the right direction."

Meanwhile, nationally, the unemployment rate for the UK stands at 2.12million, a reduction of 120,000 in the three months to May 2014.

The rate of unemployment also fell again, to 6.5 per cent from 6.6 per cent in the three months to April.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers' Allowance nationally last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million.

In the Bradford East constituency, the number of people claiming JSA was 4,285, its lowest since December 2010.

Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's executive member for employment, skills and culture, said: “Bradford still has one of the highest unemployment levels in the country so I’m not complacent, there is still much more we have to do to bring more investment and more jobs back to Bradford and I’ll be doing what I can to ensure that this happens.”

The GMB union also pointed out that Bradford's employment rate at 66.3 per cent was 7.4 per cent below the UK average of 71.6 per cent.

Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary, said: "The fall in unemployment is welcome. However it is time to drill down into the details of what types of jobs are being created and in what parts of the country.

There are large swathes of the country and a great number of workers that have seen little or no benefit from this recovery. In places like Kingston upon Hull and Bradford the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6 per cent. This needs addressing."

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4:16pm Wed 16 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

600 jobs created in a year. This will not take into account job loses recently announced. As for the jobs at westfield, most shops will be staffed from the shops moving from the city centre to westfield ie marks and sparks. So infact more jobs lost than the council will say.
600 jobs created in a year. This will not take into account job loses recently announced. As for the jobs at westfield, most shops will be staffed from the shops moving from the city centre to westfield ie marks and sparks. So infact more jobs lost than the council will say. OLDLAD
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford!

I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.
On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford! I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 11

4:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Freddy Elliot says...

"THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Bradford district fell by almost 600 last month".

Just a thought but have they just nipped over to Syria to join the gang?
"THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Bradford district fell by almost 600 last month". Just a thought but have they just nipped over to Syria to join the gang? Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
"THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Bradford district fell by almost 600 last month".

Just a thought but have they just nipped over to Syria to join the gang?
Never to return I hope.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: "THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Bradford district fell by almost 600 last month". Just a thought but have they just nipped over to Syria to join the gang?[/p][/quote]Never to return I hope. Out of site
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bonoforpm says...

Number claiming benefits down , blah blah blah.

Usual non-story which only gives some of the facts.

Undoubtedly many people not claiming now have simply been stopped from doing so by the job centre - would the JC+ manager like to fill in the missing figure ?

Also, no mention of the many unemployed people who don't qualify for benefits and so are never counted in any figures.

It would be nice to know the true rate of unemployment
Number claiming benefits down , blah blah blah. Usual non-story which only gives some of the facts. Undoubtedly many people not claiming now have simply been stopped from doing so by the job centre - would the JC+ manager like to fill in the missing figure ? Also, no mention of the many unemployed people who don't qualify for benefits and so are never counted in any figures. It would be nice to know the true rate of unemployment bonoforpm
  • Score: 2

5:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bonoforpm says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford!

I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.
Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that.

But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies.

And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford! I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.[/p][/quote]Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that. But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies. And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield bonoforpm
  • Score: 6

5:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

bonoforpm wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford!

I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.
Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that.

But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies.

And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield
I take your point.

when I was threatened with redundancy I was looking within about 40 mile radius.

I've commuted to the Midlands for a year before now as well. There's not really such a thing as a local job market anymore - great if you can get a job locally, but travel shouldn't be a factor in not looking for work further afield.
[quote][p][bold]bonoforpm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford! I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.[/p][/quote]Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that. But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies. And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield[/p][/quote]I take your point. when I was threatened with redundancy I was looking within about 40 mile radius. I've commuted to the Midlands for a year before now as well. There's not really such a thing as a local job market anymore - great if you can get a job locally, but travel shouldn't be a factor in not looking for work further afield. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 4

6:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

northern pig says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
bonoforpm wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford!

I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.
Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that.

But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies.

And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield
I take your point.

when I was threatened with redundancy I was looking within about 40 mile radius.

I've commuted to the Midlands for a year before now as well. There's not really such a thing as a local job market anymore - great if you can get a job locally, but travel shouldn't be a factor in not looking for work further afield.
I commuted 30 mile a day for 10 years till my retirement.The thing that stuck in my craw,was that,as a working man on p,a.y.e i had to personally fund my travel expenses without recompense.I feel that travel expenses for all commuters should be tax deductable on presentation of receipts for whatever the individual (within reason) chooses to use.As per our members of parliament,
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bonoforpm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: On the job search on this site there's over 3000 jobs advertised within 30 miles of Bradford! I suspect Bradford figures are higher than average due to all the EU migrants coming to claim their free money.[/p][/quote]Agree about the EU migrants, oops ... we are not allowed to mention that. But don't confuse job postings with jobs. 3000 job postings is not 3000 jobs, it is probably about 500 jobs at most, due to all the duplication by greedy recruitment agencies. And, 30 miles would take you to Manchester, Colne and almost to Sheffield[/p][/quote]I take your point. when I was threatened with redundancy I was looking within about 40 mile radius. I've commuted to the Midlands for a year before now as well. There's not really such a thing as a local job market anymore - great if you can get a job locally, but travel shouldn't be a factor in not looking for work further afield.[/p][/quote]I commuted 30 mile a day for 10 years till my retirement.The thing that stuck in my craw,was that,as a working man on p,a.y.e i had to personally fund my travel expenses without recompense.I feel that travel expenses for all commuters should be tax deductable on presentation of receipts for whatever the individual (within reason) chooses to use.As per our members of parliament, northern pig
  • Score: 10

7:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,
Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen, OLDLAD
  • Score: 5

2:37am Thu 17 Jul 14

Class_War says...

DWP figures are notoriously unreliable, the Dept. having been caught misusing official stats and Ministers lying on numerous occasions. Any fall in unemployment will actually be a combination of seasonal factors and Benefit Sanctions, plus others currently mandated to work unpaid and therefore also not included. Just more lies and propaganda from Das DWP.


p.s.

How the hell has IDS STILL got his job????
DWP figures are notoriously unreliable, the Dept. having been caught misusing official stats and Ministers lying on numerous occasions. Any fall in unemployment will actually be a combination of seasonal factors and Benefit Sanctions, plus others currently mandated to work unpaid and therefore also not included. Just more lies and propaganda from Das DWP. p.s. How the hell has IDS STILL got his job???? Class_War
  • Score: 0

2:41am Thu 17 Jul 14

justjustice says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,
Exactly!

Remember these are so called official figures. They claim the London Olympics were officially within budget, yet we all know it was way over the original given estimate.

Remember that in these figures they include those in apprenticeships where, if they are lucky to get paid, get paid peanuts. They also include those on zero hour contracts, classed as full time employment, when they are not.

And as stated, the government wants it to look like the country is improving, hence why it has made JSA strictl the slightest thing like falling in and missing an interview, is all within their grounds to throw you off JSA, which makes you not officially unemployed anymore, but then you arent employed either!

The government has increased the pressure and poverty of the low income all to help balance the books; whilst ignoring the BILLIONS corporations owe in taxes, both unpaid and evaded!
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,[/p][/quote]Exactly! Remember these are so called official figures. They claim the London Olympics were officially within budget, yet we all know it was way over the original given estimate. Remember that in these figures they include those in apprenticeships where, if they are lucky to get paid, get paid peanuts. They also include those on zero hour contracts, classed as full time employment, when they are not. And as stated, the government wants it to look like the country is improving, hence why it has made JSA strictl the slightest thing like falling in and missing an interview, is all within their grounds to throw you off JSA, which makes you not officially unemployed anymore, but then you arent employed either! The government has increased the pressure and poverty of the low income all to help balance the books; whilst ignoring the BILLIONS corporations owe in taxes, both unpaid and evaded! justjustice
  • Score: 1

7:22am Thu 17 Jul 14

Andy2010 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,
Good

Sanctions only occur when claimants fail to deliver their side of the bargain.

If they can't be bothered to turn up at the jobcentre on time or apply for jobs why shouldn't they

No one gets sanctioned for nothing
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,[/p][/quote]Good Sanctions only occur when claimants fail to deliver their side of the bargain. If they can't be bothered to turn up at the jobcentre on time or apply for jobs why shouldn't they No one gets sanctioned for nothing Andy2010
  • Score: 2

7:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

Andy2010 wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,
Good

Sanctions only occur when claimants fail to deliver their side of the bargain.

If they can't be bothered to turn up at the jobcentre on time or apply for jobs why shouldn't they

No one gets sanctioned for nothing
Point I was making is that government pick figures to suit there needs. If you looked over the years at unemployment figures and fall in employment we would have an excess of jobs now. The job centre job search has been proven fraudulent but no one takes any action, why? Because the can say that there are plenty of jobs available.
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,[/p][/quote]Good Sanctions only occur when claimants fail to deliver their side of the bargain. If they can't be bothered to turn up at the jobcentre on time or apply for jobs why shouldn't they No one gets sanctioned for nothing[/p][/quote]Point I was making is that government pick figures to suit there needs. If you looked over the years at unemployment figures and fall in employment we would have an excess of jobs now. The job centre job search has been proven fraudulent but no one takes any action, why? Because the can say that there are plenty of jobs available. OLDLAD
  • Score: 0

11:36am Thu 17 Jul 14

Here today says...

From what I see outside manningham lane dole office there are plenty more new arrivals to make up for the shortfall in the unemployment figures.
From what I see outside manningham lane dole office there are plenty more new arrivals to make up for the shortfall in the unemployment figures. Here today
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,
Maybe, if the lazy people got up and went to their interviews or meeting at job centre - they wouldn't be hit with sanctions.

Can't be bothered working, can't be bothered looking for work, just want something for nothing.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Just google jsa santions in bradford and you will see why unemployment has fallen,[/p][/quote]Maybe, if the lazy people got up and went to their interviews or meeting at job centre - they wouldn't be hit with sanctions. Can't be bothered working, can't be bothered looking for work, just want something for nothing. Bone_idle18
  • Score: -1

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