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Chamber Reacts to Latest Employment Figures

DNCC Chief Executive George CowcherThe number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire fell by 1,321 this morning, according to 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, said: “Today’s 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 yesterday 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.”

  • The JSA Claimant Count for Derby City in April 2013 was 7,446 - its lowest level since May 2011 (7,400) - down from 7,726 in March 2013 and from 8,747 in April 2012.
  • The JSA Claimant Count for Derbyshire in April 2013 was 14,660 - its lowest level since December 2012 (14,400) - down from 15,143 in March 2013 and from 16,765 in April 2012.
  • The JSA Claimant Count for Nottingham City in April 2013 was 14,154 - its lowest level since June 2012 (14,088) - down from 14,331 in March 2013 and from 14,514 in April 2012.
  • The JSA Claimant Count for Nottinghamshire in April 2013 was 16,510 - its lowest level since September 2012 (16,499) - down from 16,911 in March 2013 and from 17,712 in April 2012.
  • The overall unemployment rate for the East Midlands between January and March 2013 was 177,000 (7.8 per cent of the economically active population), down from 178,000 between October to December 2012.
  • The UK unemployment rate for Q1 2013 was 7.8 per cent of the economically active population, or 2.52 million people, compared to 2.51 million people (still 7.8 per cent) in Q4 2012.