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Large fall in unemployment in Derbyshire

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Dole queues in Derbyshire have shrunk by more than 740 people in the space of a month, according to latest figures.

The amount of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in June 2014 stood at 8,872 in Derbyshire, down from 9,613 respectively in May. There are now 4,088 fewer claimants in the county than a year ago.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, said the statistics were further proff that the local economy is on the up.

The continued fall in both unemployment and the number of jobseekers benefits claimants in Derby and Derbyshire is once again testament to the steady growth of the region’s economy and further underlines the chamber’s own research about how well the economy has performed in recent months,” he said.

“The chamber’s most recent quarterly economic survey, which was released this week, found that 27 per cent of local firms increased the size of their workforce in the three months to June and with a further 35 per cent planning to recruit over the summer months, we’d expect the overall unemployment and claimant count figures to fall further in the months ahead.

“However, jobs in the public sector are still under threat as local authority budgets are squeezed. Derbyshire County Council could cut 2,000 more jobs over the next three years and the private sector will once again come under pressure to absorb this fallout, so it is vital that the support is there to help those affected make the transition into new roles.

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

The East Midlands also saw the biggest increase in the number of people in employment in the three months to May 2014. During that period, the number of people in work rose to 2.223million, an increase of 30,000 on the three months to February.

Babu Ganatra, operations manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “This is very very good news and shows that there is a buoyant labour market in Derby and Derbyshire. It is particularly pleasing that fewer 18-to-24-year-olds are claiming jobseekers allowance and it is fantastic that this means a fall of 40.5 per cent year on year.”

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George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, said: “The continued fall in both unemployment and the number of jobseekers benefits claimants in Derby and Derbyshire is once again testament to the steady growth of the region’s economy and further underlines the Chamber’s own research about how well the economy has performed in recent months.

“The Chamber’s most recent Quarterly Economic Survey, which was released this week, found that 27% of local firms increased the size of their workforce in the three months to June and with a further 35% planning to recruit over the summer months, we’d expect the overall unemployment and claimant count figures to fall further in the months ahead.

“However, jobs in the public sector are still under threat as local authority budgets are squeezed. Derbyshire County Council could cut 2,000 more jobs over the next three years and the private sector will once again come under pressure to absorb this fallout, so it is vital that the support is there to help those affected make the transition into new roles.

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

 

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