Work rate has slowed

Unemployment in the East Midlands has risen at its slowest quarterly rate since May 2011, according to official figures recently released.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 187,000 people in the region are without a job.

Carmen Watson, managing director of Pertemps Network Group, said: “For the East Midland jobs market to fully turn a corner it doesn’t just need the participation of companies in government backed schemes, it also needs the confidence of employers from the various business sectors. We are frequently speaking to companies seeking to strengthen their workforce and increase productivity by taking on new staff on a temporary or permanent basis.”