THE number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in the district rose to its highest since March last month.
There were 8,958 people on Job Seeker’s Allowance, a rise of 283 on the previous month.
Nationally, unemployment rose sharply after growth in the economy stalled.
The jobless total rose to 2.49m, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Youth unemployment increased to 949,000, with one in five of Britain’s young people out of work. The figure is expected to rise as 16-24-year-olds leave college this summer.
Female unemployment rose to 1.05m, its highest since 1988, after more women than men were affected by public sector job cuts.
Ed Balls, the Morley and Outwood MP and shadow chancellor, said: “This week’s figures show unemployment is rising rapidly and causing more misery for families round here.
“The government must do more to support families and young people, or they are at risk of creating a vicious circle of lower growth and higher unemployment.”