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Town’s jobless total ‘stable’

File photo dated 21/01/09 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus in Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 12, 2011. Unemployment has reached a 17-year high after more than 100,000 people joined the ranks of those looking for a job, grim new figures showed today. Youth unemployment reached a record high of 991,000, while the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance increased for the seventh month in a row, to 1.6 million. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

File photo dated 21/01/09 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus in Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 12, 2011. Unemployment has reached a 17-year high after more than 100,000 people joined the ranks of those looking for a job, grim new figures showed today. Youth unemployment reached a record high of 991,000, while the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance increased for the seventh month in a row, to 1.6 million. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Belper MP Pauline Latham said the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Mid Derbyshire had ‘stabilised’ in the month of July.

The Tory politican said following five consecutive months of the jobless total falling across her constituency the number of claimants had remained the same at 481 people last month.

Meanwhile, claimants across the East Midlands as a whole fell by 2,000 during July.

Mrs Latham said: “The data published today clearly shows that the Chancellor’s long term economic plan is working, and that people are finding and staying in jobs.

“These figures indicate that now many more Mid Derbyshire families have a regular wage packet, which is better for them and society at large.”

Of the constituency’s working age population, only 1.1 per cent are currently unemployed, and Mid Derbyshire is currently ranked 66th out of the country’s 650 constituencies in terms of the number of people in employment.

A small rise in Jobseekers Allowance claims was recorded in Belper - up from 143 to 145 people. However, the town was still well below the UK average unemployment rate of 2.4 per cent with 1.05 per cent of people looking for work.

Mid Derbyshire’s jobless total peaked in February 2010 at 1,437claimants - it’s highest point in the last eight years.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire said: “Headline rates of unemployment and claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance are closing in on pre-recession levels, which highlights just how strong and flexible the local labour market is at present.

“Anecdotal evidence from businesses across a range of sectors shows confidence is rising, which is being reflected by increases in staffing levels at many local companies.”

The East Midlands has seen the largest annual jobless fall in UK, according to the Office for National Statistics, who compile the figures.

There are now 66,600 jobseekers in the region, a drop of 29,300 since last year.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said : “This is transformative, not only for these individuals and their families, but for society as a whole.”

Labour shadow employment minister Stephen Timms said the figures show pay falling far behind inflation, and the change in regular pay was the lowest ever on record.

 

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