Staffordshire has seen a fourth consecutive monthly decrease in the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance with more opportunities being created for people living in the county.
There has been a 1.4% decrease over the last month in the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance. Over the last quarter the JSA claimant rate has fallen by 11.4%. Staffordshire is below both the regional and national averages.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Winnington said, “For the fourth consecutive month we have seen JSA claimant figures fall in Staffordshire which really demonstrates the fact that we are leading the way in terms of ensuring the right opportunities are available for people looking for work.
“The County Council, Staffordshire’s LEP and other partners are working hard to increase skills so that businesses have the workforce they need. We are also attracting new business to the area and supporting existing companies, both larger firms like JCB and Alstom and our smaller enterprises. We are seeing continued positive announcements from Staffordshire businesses in terms of expansion and new jobs.
“Getting people back into work is an absolute priority for us and the fact that we have low unemployment rates compared to regional and national figures is extremely encouraging.”