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Jobless figures are continuing to fall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Rob Helliwell

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UNEMPLOYMENT levels in East Staffordshire have fallen significantly compared to this time last year.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show 1,102 East Staffordshire residents currently claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), a 573 person reduction on July 2013.

This figure represents 1.5 per cent of the local population, markedly lower than the national average for unemployment.

MP for Burton Mr Andrew Griffiths said: "There is an ever more encouraging picture in Burton. Hearing that more than 500 families now have security is fantastic news.

"We've now seen unemployment halved since the peak of the recession. We are really starting to meet our long term economic plan."

South Derbyshire has experienced a similar trend with the number of jobless falling by 300 to a total of 779 when compared with last July's figures.

MP for South Derbyshire Heather Wheeler, said: "In a recent survey nearly two thirds of local firms are taking staff on and here in South Derbyshire we are the economic engine for the area.

"In Parliament I have made jobs, training and the local economy my high priorities. I will do everything I can to make sure South Derbyshire is the place to invest and our growing economy and these fabulous employment figures bear that out."

Alan Palmer, employment engagement manager at Burton's Jobcentre Plus, said the youth unemployment rate (ages 18-24) was now at a six-year low. "There's been a 31.9 per cent decrease in young people out of work since last year, and since the depths of the recession in April 2009 the decrease is 64.9 per cent."

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  • PointingWest  |  August 14 2014, 12:27PM

    With demand for food bank handouts in Burton having doubled in the past year and nationally the use of zero hour contracts, seasonal work (which start taking on the time of year these figures correspond to) and people coming off benefits and becoming economically inactive due to the swingeing cuts made by IDS and his cronies in the DWP I don't see how Mr Griffiths can claim "500 families are now in security" when (having been employed on a zero hours contract before) that word is a fallacy in today's labour market. When earnings increase and people are taken out of poverty, then it's time to claim your policies are working.

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