County’s jobseekers total drops below the 10,000 mark

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The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in May across Derbyshire has fallen below the 10,000 mark for the first time since September, 2008.

Last month it fell from 10,096 to 9,613, a drop of 483, or 4.8 per cent.

In total, during the last 12 months the number of claimants across the county has declined by 4,290.

Chris Hobson, Head of Information and Representation at Derbyshire’s Chamber of Commerce, said: “Today’s employment figures are extremely positive across the board and underline the fact that the economy is now showing real signs of sustainable growth.

“The Chamber is currently surveying its members about their prospects for the months ahead and an early analysis of the figures would suggest that around a third of businesses plan to recruit in the next three months to meet a growth in business, so we’re hoping for more good news as the year progresses.

“The economy will be one of the key battlegrounds upon which next year’s General Election will be fought and we’d urge all the main political parties to ensure that nothing is done to destabilise the economy and undo all the good work which businesses up and down the UK have done to secure the economic growth we’ve seen over the past 18 months.”

Across the East Midlands unemployment fell to its lowest level since June 1996. There were 142,000 unemployed in the region between February and April 2014, a fall of 22,000 on the previous three months and of 37,000 on the same period in 2013.