Dole queue shrinks again

Pauline Latham visits hospital patients
Pauline Latham visits hospital patients

Mid-Derbyshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK - after nearly 400 people left the area’s dole queue in the space of a year.

The amount of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the constituency has fallen by 390 in 12 months, and it is currently in the top 50 constituencies in the country in terms of the number of people employed.

During April the total number of claimants in Mid Derbyshire fell by 43, according to official figures. The total number of claimants now stands at 527, which represents just 1.2 per cent of the total population of working age.

Mrs Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire said: “It is great to see that the Chancellor’s long-term economic plan is working, and that it continues to encourage people back into the workplace.

“The Treasury’s business- friendly policies have also contributing, providing more jobs for hardworking people.”

The number of people claiming job-seekers’ allowance in Derbyshire fell from 10,594 to 10,096, a drop of 498, or 4.9 per cent.

Welcoming the figures, Chris Hobson, Head of Information and Representation for the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said: “There was a small increase in the claimant count earlier in the year but the latest seasonally adjusted figures confirm that the economy is continuing to grow.

“There was a small increase in the claimant count earlier in the year but the latest figures back up the fact that the economy is continuing to grow.

“These figures mirror the result of our Quarterly Economic Survey for the first three months of 2014, in which a third of businesses told us they were recruiting over that period.

“Encouragingly, a similar number expressed intent to take on more staff over the spring and early summer months so we’d hope to see this trend continue.

“As businesses recruit, there is a growing concern about skills shortages, particularly in the manufacturing and engineering sectors across the three counties, which all have a rich heritage in these disciplines.

“With the economy continuing to strengthen and firms recruiting, it is imperative that we address those concerns.

“By driving apprenticeships, for example, particularly in these sectors, the Government can address the skills shortages and youth unemployment at the same time.”