THE number of people out of work and claiming Universal Credit in Barnsley now stands at 5,473, latest quarterly figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show.

The figure was down eight per cent when compared with the same period a year ago, but a 24 per cent drop from the same period five years ago.

The figure for those aged 18 to 24 claiming he same benefits now stands at 1,000, which represents a year-on-year drop of three per cent, but a 28 per cent drop from five years ago.

Nigel Coleman, from Jobcentre Plus, said there were still many job vacancies across Barnsley and the wider area, and also pointed to the DWP’s Christmas jobs portal which was launched this week showing jobseekers which seasonal roles – both flexible and permanent – are available in their area.