Amber Valley jobless total rises

UNEMPLOYMENT in Amber Valley has risen above the national average for the first time in more than 10 years, figures show.

Around 6,160 individuals are now jobless in the area – a rise of 847 on the previous year.

The spike in the amount of people out of work has propelled the area above the East Midlands and UK average in league tables for the first time since the late 1990s.

The figures were revealed in the same week that Belper’s MP Pauline Latham asked David Cameron to reassure her constituents “on the difficulties they are facing due to interest rates” during Prime Ministers’ Question Time on Wednesday.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses are working hard to expand and grow, but Government needs to do more to help.

“Measures like real de-regulation, the creation of a business bank to improve access to finance, will boost confidence.”

The statistics show there were around 71,687 unemployed people in Amber Valley in September, 2011, compared to 70,840 during the same month in 2010.

Eight per cent of people are now unemployed in Amber Valley, with the UK average at 7.9 per cent.