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Jobless total falls again in region

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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UNEMPLOYMENT levels continued to fall in Burton and South Derbyshire last month, latest figures have shown.

The number of people claiming benefits fell by 90 during May, with the town’s jobless total down by 300 since the end of February.

Business chiefs at the Burton Chamber of Commerce said the figures were a sign of ‘resilience’ in the town’s employment sector.

The dole queue shrank marginally in South Derbyshire from 882 to 867, but the figure is still a sign of improvement with the number of unemployed in the district down by more than 1,000 compared to this time last year.

Only once since September 2008 have the number of benefits claimants been lower in South Derbyshire.

In Burton, there are currently 1,153 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Chris Plant, director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “The labour market is continuing to strengthen, with employment rising, unemployment declining and the number of inactive people also falling.

“These figures demonstrate the resilience and flexibility of the UK jobs market and points to continued strong positive growth in the second quarter of this year.”

South Derbyshire’s Tory MP Heather Wheeler said it was a sign the Government was getting it right on jobs.

She said: “These unemployment figures are yet again moving in the right direction.

“More people in South Derbyshire are in work than ever, the figures show that the levels of unemployment has fallen by 43 per cent since 2010.

“This is such great news for the area and for our businesses.

“The figures show how productive South Derbyshire is and I would like to thank all those who work in South Derbyshire for making these opportunities available.”

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