NEW figures have revealed that the level of unemployment in Burton and South Derbyshire has fallen.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Burton dropped from 1,291 in March to 1,243 in April – a fall of 48.
In South Derbyshire, the figure fell from 897 to 882.
Across the UK, unemployment fell to its lowest level in five years.
Chris Plant, director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “The labour market in Burton is continuing to strengthen, with unemployment falling and employment rising.
“The figures continue to demonstrate the flexibility and resilience of the jobs market, which is a source of strength for the economy.
“Although there are still some concerns, with youth and long-term unemployment particularly high, the recovery is clearly moving ahead.
“To consolidate the upturn we need to see rises in productivity, which would make it possible for higher pay rises to be affordable.
“In addition, we need to see tougher action on youth and long-term unemployment.”
South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler tweeted: “Great news that unemployment has fallen again in South Derbyshire.
“The number of unemployed claimants in South Derbyshire constituency now 882, 413 lower than April 2013.”
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, welcomed new figures that show the number of people in work in the East Midlands had increased by 92,000 since the last election.
He said: “In North West Leicestershire people have recently benefited from these new jobs
“Here in North West Leicestershire there are now fewer people on benefits than there were last year, with local people benefiting from the jobs created by local businesses.
“There is further to go, but these figures show that the long-term economic plan is working.”