Jobseekers fall across East Midlands

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit across the East Midlands Chamber region continues to fall.

Figures show a reduction in Jobseekers Allowance claimants of 2,533 from 42,223 in October to 38,690 in November – a fall of 17,475 compared with November 2013.

In Derby the number of claimants fell 421 from 3,760 to 3,339 for the month and by 2,009 over the year. The countywide figure for Derbyshire showed a drop of 434 from 7,570 to 7,136 for the month, a reduction of 3,299 for the year.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber – the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire – said: “The continuing fall in the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants is welcome and is indicative of the strength of the local economy.

“The East Midlands region has been one of the main drivers of the economic recovery and the provisional results of the latest Quarterly Economic Survey carried out by the Chamber suggest that firms are continuing to recruit and will do well into 2015.