Number of unemployed people in High Peak below national average

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New figures show unemployment in Buxton and the High Peak is continuing to fall and is below the national average of those out of work.

Latest Labour Market Statistics from the Office of National Statistics show those claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the High Peak stands at 655, with 145 being under-25.

The current unemployment rate is four per cent, against a national average of 4.3 per cent and four per cent for the East Midlands.

Angela Stansfield, employer and partnership manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Month on month the unemployment figures for the High Peak are falling, which is good news.

“We are working with employers to get as many people back into the workplace as possible and it is working. Jobcentre Plus is educating employers and trying to provide shift work, which may suit parents, or making minor changes for people who have health conditions but can still work.

“The workforce and job market in Buxton is very buoyant. There are not just jobs in tourism but in the quarries and other industries too, so it seems people are finding the path in life. There will always be people looking for jobs as people retire or go on maternity leave, and it’s great we can fill those vacancies.”

Angela said it was a very exciting time to be looking for work in Buxton.

“We are working with Derbyshire County Council with the new care facility Thomas Fields, which when it opens in Buxton in 2018 will provide independent apartments and residential care beds,” she explained.

“We are starting the recruitment process early, offering people training to get into the care sector so they will be interview-ready before the development opens.

“The same with the Crescent, there will be lots of job vacancies in the next few years and we want to make sure people are as prepared as they can be, making sure they have the right qualifications, or giving them the confidence to apply for jobs and succeed in interviews.”

Nationally, unemployment is down to 59,000 on the quarter and is the lowest rate since 1975, while the employment rate is at a near record of 75 per cent with 32 million people in work.

Angela added: “Going forward we want to keep the unemployed figures down.”