Speaking after the publication of today’s employment statistics and a national report earlier this week, Mark Winnington said people in Staffordshire could look forward to on-going job creation.
Staffordshire has seen a decrease in the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance for the ninth consecutive month. December 2013’s figures released today show a 2.1 per cent drop since November. This is a greater decrease than the national and regional figures.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure Mark Winnington said, “In Staffordshire we are continuing to see the creation of high quality jobs with measures in place to increase workplace skills. We have seen the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance fall for nine consecutive months now. Some areas of the county have seen huge drops over the last year. This really demonstrates our position as a county of opportunity.
“Less than two weeks ago Jaguar Land Rover launched a recruitment drive for 600 positions at its new engine plant at i54 South Staffordshire, the week we installed the new junction bridge. Major expansion is planned at JCB and business park development is progressing well across the county with major infrastructure underway or planned to enable business expansion.
“We are also seeing increased confidence among small businesses and continued town centre regeneration. The picture in Staffordshire in term of employment opportunities is a positive one and will remain so. We hope to see an improvement across the region to reflect the success we are seeing in our county.”
Mark added that today’s JSA statistics provided detailed local insight. They followed a national TUC report published on Monday, which featured employment statistics for the whole of the West Midlands region.