Pontefract and Castleford jobless total falls for first time in six months

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The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits across the Pontefract and Castleford area fell for the first time in six months last month.

There were 3,674 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the Five Towns in April, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The fall comes after 3,743 people claimed JSA in the area in March and is the first time the claimant count has fallen since November last year.

The number of people claiming JSA nationwide also fell by 3,000 in March and the jobless rate fell to 4.5 per cent - its lowest since April 2011.

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

The number of people aged 16-24, claiming JSA for a year or more fell to 190.