Unemployment tumbles again in Nottinghamshire

Unemployment in Mansfield and Ashfield has tumbled over the past year according to the latest jobless figures.

In Sutton the number of young unemployed has more than halved.

Since last November there has been a fall in claimant counts of 23.5 per cent in Mansfield and 29.5 per cent in Sutton.

And the unemployment fall for people aged 18 to 24 was even more pronounced with a difference of 28.1 per cent and 53.4 per cent respectively.

Sue Fields from Mansfield Job Centre Plus said the figures reflected an increase in the number of available jobs and workers moving from part time to full time work.

She said; “A lot of employers have increased their confidence in taking people on.

“For 18 to 24 year-olds there has been a big increase in the number of apprenticeships available where they can earn while they learn.

“It is a good picture for the county across the board and we are seeing decreases in unemployment year on year.”

The annual fall in unemployment for all claimants was: Bulwell 17.7 per cent, Retford 30 per cent, Worksop 31 per cent.

For claimants aged 18-24 the fall was Bulwell 23.3 per cent, Retford 62.5 per cent and Worksop 31 per cent.

The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire fell again in November, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.

Last month, there were 30,075 JSA claimants across the three cities and counties, 1,410 fewer than in October (31,485) and 8,620 fewer than in November 2014 (38,695).

The number of unemployed people in the East Midlands fell by 2,000 to 101,000 over the three months to the end of October, meaning that the region’s unemployment rate now stands at 4.3%.

The regional employment rate now stands at 74.2%, with the total number of people in employment over the three months rising by 65,000, to 2.23m

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “It’s good to see the year being rounded off with another set of positive employment figures, which once again show that the region is at the front of the pack when it comes to creating jobs.

“Private sector businesses in the East Midlands have created jobs at a faster rate than anywhere else in the UK over the past 18 months and although we’d expect this trend to continue into 2016, there are issues out there that could impact on job creation next year.

“Overall, the strength of the labour market remains an important driver of economic growth and the economy is continuing to expand at a decent pace. But that growth remains far too unbalanced.

“Firms that do business solely in the UK have so far been relatively well insulated from the international slowdown, but the longer that key overseas markets suffer malaise the greater the likelihood that we may start to see it impacting on the UK economic environment.

“We also have uncertainties around things like the EU referendum and the introduction of a new National Living Wage and we can’t yet fully appreciate what impact these might have on business.

“The substantial widening in the trade deficit is a warning sign that more needs to be done to fix the fundamentals that hinder productivity, exports and enterprise if we are to achieve growth that is both balanced and sustainable over the next year and beyond.”