Unemployment still at highest since the 1990s

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The number of people on out-of-work benefit in the district dipped slightly last month - but remains at levels not seen since the 1990s.

There were 10,045 people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Wakefield in April, down from 10,205 the previous month.

The JSA figure hit the 10,000 mark in February for the first time since January 1997.

Long-term youth unemployment continued to rise as the number of 18-24-year-olds on JSA for a year or more reached 550.

Nationally, unemployment rose 2.52m in the three months to the end of March, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

Average earnings increased by 0.4 per cent over the year, the lowest rate of growth since 2009.