Jobless total in Pontefract and Castleford falls for fourth month

File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre as private companies and charities should be invited to bid to take over some of the work of JobCentres, a report suggested today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 9, 2013. The report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) thinktank claimed the �1.4 billion-a-year JobCentre Plus network is "letting unemployed people down" by focusing too much on arranging their benefits rather than identifying the factors preventing them from finding and keeping a job. See PA story POLITICS JobCentre. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre as private companies and charities should be invited to bid to take over some of the work of JobCentres, a report suggested today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 9, 2013. The report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) thinktank claimed the �1.4 billion-a-year JobCentre Plus network is "letting unemployed people down" by focusing too much on arranging their benefits rather than identifying the factors preventing them from finding and keeping a job. See PA story POLITICS JobCentre. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits across the Five Towns fell for the fourth month in a row in July.

There were 3,099 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the Pontefract and Castleford area, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The fall comes after 3,322 people claimed JSA in June, down from 3,593 people in May.

Nationally the figure fell by 29,000 to 1.4 million.

Long term youth unemployment across the Five Towns also fell last month.

But long term youth unemployment across the Five Towns.

The number of people aged 16-24, claiming JSA for a year or more rose to 195 compared to 190 youngsters in June.

Nationally 973,000 16 to 24-year-olds were out of work last month.