Big fall in jobless as employers expand

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Sheffield has fallen by 23 per cent in a year, new figures show.

There were 3,883 fewer claimants in the city at the end of May than the year previous - more than 850 fewer in the last three months alone - cutting the total to 13,095.

The figures were released by the Department for Work and Pensions which said that nationally 780,000 more people were in work than a year ago - the biggest annual rise in a quarter of a century.

Nigel Coleman, employer account manager at JobCentre Plus on Bank Street in Sheffield city centre, said big employers including Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Amey were approaching them with vacancies.

He added: “Last year there was a fractional drop in the number of claimants, this year it is very visible. It’s a sign the job market is much more buoyant.”

Sainsbury’s is looking for 130 people for its new Wadsley Bridge store, Aldi wants 120 in the Dearne.