Unemployment figures released

The county’s jobless figures are on the decline according to latest figures released this week.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Derbyshire are shown to have fallen by 743, in the latest employment statistics. The overall unemployment figure for the East Midlands also fell by 1,000 in the first three months of the year.

UK unemployment, meanwhile, edged up by 15,000 in Q1 2013 and now stands at 2.52 million people, which is 7.8 per cent of the UK’s economically active population.

Reflecting on the figures, George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The figures are encouraging and highlight the fact that although challenging economic headwinds remain strong for many businesses, there is still plenty of output from the private sector and local businesses are still creating jobs.

“You only have to look over the Channel, where France again slipped into recession and other European countries still struggling, to see that in comparative terms, our economy is holding up pretty well.

“That said, our Government cannot afford to take its eye off the ball when it comes to the economy.

“Although ministers talk a good game and have unveiled a number of positive policies recently, we are still not seeing enough urgency in the delivery of measures to stimulate economic activity, unleash the power of enterprise and free-up businesses to create the jobs, growth and wealth needed to secure the recovery.”

Further information on the Derbyshire and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce is available by visiting its website www.dncc.co.uk