Agencies laying off staff from temporary contracts in the last few months have been blamed for a sharp increase in the amount of jobless in South Derbyshire, new figures have revealed.
The most recent jobs figures have revealed the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen by 21 per cent compared to this time last year due to temporary contracts coming to an end.
Sharon Lloyd, work coach team leader on behalf of Swadlincote Job Centre said: "There have been a few local agencies that have laid staff off from temporary contracts in the last couple of months from businesses in the Swadlincote and Ashby area, that we are currently working with to place back into work as soon as possible and this would account for the difference between the Burton and South Derbyshire figures."
In Burton, the claimant count has increased by four per cent on this time last year, although the number of young people has reduced by nine per cent. In South Derbyshire there has been an increase of 21 per cent over the same period.
Mrs Lloyd said: "These figures need to be seen in context. We have had strong improvements in the labour market over the past few years, and today's claimant count remains 63 per cent lower than at the end of the recession in Burton and 65 per cent in South Derbyshire. Where people, for whatever reason, need to use our services we will do all we can to help."
It comes after it was announced Screwfix will create 700 jobs at its new distribution centre set to open in Fradley this autumn, while Derbyshire chocolate-maker Thorntons is poised to start recruiting for 400 jobs as it looks to ramp up production ahead of one of its busiest times of the year.
It was also recently revealed South Derbyshire car manufacturer Toyota will be creating 90 jobs after plans to extend the dispatch yard at its Burnaston factory were approved.
Nationally, more than three more million people are in work since 2010 as the employment rate reaches a record high 75.1 per cent with a record 32.07 million people in work.
Official figures released show the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4 per cent – the lowest level since 1975.