Fall in Belper jobless total

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The number of people claiming job seekers allowance in Amber Valley has fallen to its lowest level for nearly four years, latest figures show.

The claimant count in the borough is now 2.9 per cent – a level not seen since December 2008.

The compares to a national average of 3.8 per cent.

The improving situation also applys to places such as Belper’s Central Ward – where there are 88 people drawing jobless benefit, compared to a peak of 137 in January 2010.

Since the beginning of the year the jobseekers total has dropped from 383 to 324 across Belper’s four ward areas.

Among recent developments in the town which have helped improve the situation are the opening of B&M in the former Focus building.

Poundland is also planning to open its doors in the next few weeks on King Street and has been running a recruitment campaign.

Last week the Belper News told how De Bradelei mill was expandingand taking on eight extra staff.

In Derbyshire as a whole the amount of claimiants has fallen from15,328 in September 2012 to 15,045 last month.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce welcomed the fall in job seekers claimants (JSA) and said it is particularly pleasing given that nationally, the JSA count had increased.

He said: “When taken together with other recent announcements about increasing GDP and a boost in High Street Sales, it paints a more positive picture of the local economy.

“The message to jobseekers is to remain positive, because the economy is slowly starting to move in the right direction.

“Overall unemployment across the East Midlands has fallen significantly in the last three months and Job Centres across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were notified about almost 10,000 new vacancies last month.

“The chamber also knows that a significant proportion of private sector businesses have plans to grow over the next 12 months and many of these have indicated they are looking to take on more staff.”

In Duffield, there are now 43 people claiming jobseekers allowance – equating to just 1.5 per cent of the population.

However, there is still some way to go before it reaches the pre-recession levels of 18 claimants in the village – or 0.7 per cent of the population.

In Heage and Ambergate 51 people – or 1.7 per cent – claim jobseekers allowance.

Meanwhile, in Crich 26 people – or 1.8 per cent of people claim.

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