Figures released today show that over the course of 2014/15 the number of people claiming JSA fell by 41.4%, the biggest drop across the West Midlands. Every district and borough saw big annual decreases from March 2014 to March 2015. This time last year the Staffordshire figure was 1.8 per cent. Between February and March 2015 there was a 3.9 per cent drop in Staffordshire.
Staffordshire County Council leader Cllr Philip Atkins said, “Seeing such a big drop in the number of people claiming JSA in Staffordshire in 2014/15 is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer. This time last year there were 9,528 compared to 5,579 now – nearly half as many.”