New figures show unemployment is rising in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Susan Hinchcliffe Coun Susan Hinchcliffe

Unemployment is on the rise again in Bradford, denting Government hopes that the recovery has taken root.

The number of people on the dole in the city stood at 17,244 in January, up 307 on the total claiming jobless benefits at the end of December.

It meant that Bradford’s unemployment rate – the proportion of economically-active people on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – rose from 6.9 per cent to 7.1 per cent.

And that disappointing pattern was mirrored across the rest of the district, with similar rises in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds.

In Calderdale, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose – for the second successive month – by 149, to 5,288, a rate of 5.2 per cent.

Similarly, Kirklees recorded a rise of 214 in the number of jobless, to 10,125. Its jobless rate rose by 0.1 per cent to 5.1 per cent. And, in Leeds, the 20,554 people on the dole represented an increase of 785 on a month earlier, a rise in the rate from 4.6 per cent to 4.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, charities seized on separate statistics – showing a sharp rise in the number of jobseekers stripped of benefits – to suggest the figures could have been even higher.

More than 35,000 people across West Yorkshire were docked JSA – for up to 13 weeks, for a first offence – in the year to last September.

Most “sanctions” were applied because claimants missed job centre appointments or deliberately avoided finding a job, the department for work and pensions (DWP) said.

But charities for the homeless and single parents accused ministers of presiding over “a culture of fear” in which jobseekers were forced to meet unrealistic targets.

Hostel residents with limited IT facilities were being told to apply for 50 jobs per week, while single parents must apply for full-time jobs, or lose benefits.

Work Minister Esther McVey hailed different figures, showing the overall number of people out of work – not simply claiming benefits – is still falling sharply.

That total fell by 8,000 across Yorkshire, to 240,000, part of a UK-wide reduction of 125,000 to 2.34m in the three months to December.

However, those statistics are less recent than the claimant count for the West Yorkshire districts, which is for January.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the executive member for employment and skills at Bradford Council, said the City Growth Zone incentive was having a positive impact with businesses But she said the Government had to start engineering an economic recovery for the whole country, “not one which is just propped up on the overheating London and south east economic bubble.”

Nick Palmer, senior labour market statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said there remained an overall falling trend despite the latest figures which compared the July-September and October-December three-month periods which at 7.2 per cent was slightly higher than last month's published figure of 7.1 per cent for September-November. “The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down,” he said.

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7:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Is it rising as a result of the massive growth in population (well above national average) or because of more people losing jobs?

Not that Bradford council help the situation by consistently failing to make the district attractive to potential investors and businesses.
Is it rising as a result of the massive growth in population (well above national average) or because of more people losing jobs? Not that Bradford council help the situation by consistently failing to make the district attractive to potential investors and businesses. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

8:09am Thu 20 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

So much for the latest national figures then
So much for the latest national figures then G_Firth
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8:16am Thu 20 Feb 14

bd7 helper says...

Too many immigrants on benefits causing a big problem in our city
Too many immigrants on benefits causing a big problem in our city bd7 helper
  • Score: 14

8:59am Thu 20 Feb 14

wobbley-bob says...

Not enough people on 'training courses' or had their benefits sanctioned in January then it seems. That's how the jobless figures are massaged to look 'good'.
Not enough people on 'training courses' or had their benefits sanctioned in January then it seems. That's how the jobless figures are massaged to look 'good'. wobbley-bob
  • Score: 10

9:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

Bradford's at the bottom of another heap. When will City Hall face up to the truth. The place is a wasteland that nobody wants to live or work in. The only 'growth' in this godforsaken dump is the greenfield expansion of posh suburbs for the commuters of Leeds. We are suffering from decades of criminally poor planning, timidity and inaction that have frittered away our Victorian legacy.
Bradford's at the bottom of another heap. When will City Hall face up to the truth. The place is a wasteland that nobody wants to live or work in. The only 'growth' in this godforsaken dump is the greenfield expansion of posh suburbs for the commuters of Leeds. We are suffering from decades of criminally poor planning, timidity and inaction that have frittered away our Victorian legacy. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 8

12:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Chin up, they might be recruiting at the former QLM store at Bolton Junction soon.
Chin up, they might be recruiting at the former QLM store at Bolton Junction soon. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 7

12:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

collos25 says...

As above with the addition of corruption and a lack of any efficient police force.
As above with the addition of corruption and a lack of any efficient police force. collos25
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

Very depressing reading. Its not surprising that Leeds has a rate of 4.8% as against Bradford's 7.1% when you look at the steady movement of businesses from Bradford to Leeds over the last 25 years. The fundamental problem of poor transport links to/from Bradford cannot keep being ignored.
Very depressing reading. Its not surprising that Leeds has a rate of 4.8% as against Bradford's 7.1% when you look at the steady movement of businesses from Bradford to Leeds over the last 25 years. The fundamental problem of poor transport links to/from Bradford cannot keep being ignored. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Bradford's at the bottom of another heap. When will City Hall face up to the truth. The place is a wasteland that nobody wants to live or work in. The only 'growth' in this godforsaken dump is the greenfield expansion of posh suburbs for the commuters of Leeds. We are suffering from decades of criminally poor planning, timidity and inaction that have frittered away our Victorian legacy.
Plus the fact the industrial revolution ended years ago :)
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Bradford's at the bottom of another heap. When will City Hall face up to the truth. The place is a wasteland that nobody wants to live or work in. The only 'growth' in this godforsaken dump is the greenfield expansion of posh suburbs for the commuters of Leeds. We are suffering from decades of criminally poor planning, timidity and inaction that have frittered away our Victorian legacy.[/p][/quote]Plus the fact the industrial revolution ended years ago :) Bone_idle18
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