Unemployment down in Nottinghamshire

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The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Nottinghamshire has fallen by more than 250 over the last month.

There are now 4,207 fewer people in receipt of benefit that in August 2013, and 257 less than in July, new Government figures have revealed.

Countywide, not including the city, the number of claimants in August was 10,391 compared with 10,648 in July and 14,598 in August 2013. The news has been welcomed by business leaders in the county.

George Cowcher, chief executive at Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce told Chad: “Evidence from businesses operating across a range of sectors shows confidence is rising, which is being reflected by increases in staffing levels at many local companies.”

“Headline rates of unemployment and claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance remain at pre-recession levels, which highlights just how strong and flexible the local labour market is at present.”