UNEMPLOYMENT across the district increased slightly last month but is still almost 10 per cent down on last year.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that there were a total of 21,900 people across Bradford claiming unemployment benefits in January.

This compares to 21,840 people in December – so a small rise of 0.3 per cent.

When you compare the figures to January 2022, the number of unemployed people in Bradford has fallen by 9.7 per cent.

There were 24,265 people claiming the benefit at the same period in 2022.

Fran Innes, from the Department for Work and Pensions in Bradford, said the largest numbers moving into work were aged 50 and over.

“Across our Jobcentres, work coaches provide every jobseeker with tailored support, helping to build confidence and develop new skills, so breaking down the barriers for those re-entering the workforce.”

“We have tailored support for all our customers with specifically designed courses to help people back into work.

“Increasing the labour force is a key activity in order to help businesses fill their vacancies.”

A Jobs Fair is planned for February 22 at Westfield House Jobcentre on Manningham Lane, with 17 employers booked to attend and 80 vacancies on offer.

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