Business chiefs have welcomed latest figures showing nearly 400 fewer people claimed out of work benefits in Derbyshire last month.
The number of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in the county fell from 10,982 to 10,594.
The figures are significantly lower than they were this time last year, when the claimant count was 15,143 in the county.
George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said the figures were “further evidence” that an economic recovery is gathering pace.
He said: “The fact that the number of claimants has fallen significantly in March is great news and provides further evidence that the economy is strengthening.
“Overall the jobs market is still improving and suggests that the recovery is making great progress, thanks to this growth in private sector jobs.”