JSA claims fall by 5 per cent

Business leaders have welcomed a fall in the number of people claiming out of work benefits in Derbyshire.

Official figures show the number of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in the county dropped from 10,594 in March to 10,096 in April.

Chris Hobson, of 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 figures indicate the economy is continuing to grow. These figures mirror the result of our Quarterly Economic Survey for the first quarter of 2014, in which a third of businesses told us they were recruiting over that period. 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.”