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Unemployment in Harrogate and Knaresborough has fallen month-on-month to 3 per cent of the population aged 16-64.

The figures for August 2021, published by the Office for National Statistics, also indicated the number of local people claiming unemployment-related benefits is below the national average at 5.2 per cent.

This includes Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has welcomed the news, although he believes there is still further to go.

He said:

“This is welcome news, continuing the trend of reducing unemployment and getting people back into work.  Nationally there are now more people in work than before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“What was striking was the record number of vacancies, more than a million for the first time.

“That demonstrates the strength of our national economy and suggests we are bouncing back from the pandemic faster than expected.

“It is important that we continue our efforts to help people into work.

“I am pleased that the unemployment level locally is heading in the right direction, and I want to see this continue in the run up to the busy autumn and festive seasons.”

The Office for National Statistics published the number of vacancies in the economy, and that showed a record 1.03m vacancies.

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