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Chamber And Skills Board React To Mixed Picture On Employment

Job Centre SignCommenting on the JSA Claimant Count and employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, Scott Knowles, Deputy Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Although overall unemployment in the East Midlands is down on the quarter, it’s disappointing to see that the Claimant Count has not fallen in line with the national average in Nottinghamshire, especially as we would expect to see a seasonal bounce at this time of the year with many companies – particularly those the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors – taking on more temporary staff to cope with increased demand during the Christmas period.

“The JSA figures for Derby and Derbyshire are much more encouraging.

"However, preliminary findings from the Chamber's latest Quarterly Economic Survey would indicate that around 40% of local firms tried to recruit in the last quarter and 25% increased the size of their workforce, whilst another 20% plan to recruit in the first three months of next year, which shows that businesses, whilst rightly cautious, are also optimistic about the future in the short-term."

David Kirkham, speaking on behalf of the Nottinghamshire: City and County Employment and Skills Board, added: “Whilst it is disappointing that the JSA claimant count locally has not seen the fall reported nationally, it is encouraging to see that the claimant figures for 18–24 year olds continue to decrease at a steady rate.

“There is still some way to go however, and the work of initiatives such as our own Project 365: Get Notts WorkiNG* campaign in engaging the private sector is more important than ever.”

  • Total unemployment in the East Midlands between August-October 2012 was 184,000, a fall of 9,000 from the period covering May-July 2012.
  • The total UK unemployment rate currently stands at 7.8%, or 2.51m people, down by 82,000 from August-October - the biggest quarterly fall since 2001.
  • Youth unemployment fell by 72,000 in the same period

The table below shows the JSA Claimant Count rates for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire:

JSA Table (Nov 2012)
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