Chamber welcomes news on employment

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New figures which show unemployment has fallen, the number of people in work has increased and there are fewer people claiming out of work benefits now than a year ago, have been welcomed by the East Midlands Chamber.

The Office for National Statistics’ latest regional employment statistics showed that in the last three months of 2014, there were 36,593 more people in employment across the East Midlands than in the previous three months, while the total number of unemployed fell by 17,487 in the same period.

In the East Midlands, employment stood at 74.5 per cent compared with 73.2 per cent nationally according to the figures.

Unemployment stood at five per cent for the region compared to 5.7 per cent nationally.

Chamber Chief Executive George Cowcher said the figures highlighted how much progress the economy had made over the past 12 months.