DNCC and NCCESB Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Labour Market Release

13 June 2013
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12th June 2013

Chamber and Skills Board Reflect On Positive Employment Figures


New figures out today show that the number of Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) claimants in Derbyshire dropped significantly in May.


The figures, from the Office of National Statistics, show the number of claimants fell by 387 in Nottingham and 570 in Nottinghamshire last month.

Nationally, unemployment fell by 5,000 to 2.51m, whilst the JSA claimant count dropped by 8,600.


George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Such a big drop in the number of JSA claimants is extremely welcome news. Wage restraint in the past few years, which employers and employees alike have recognised as necessary to avoid reducing staffing levels, will have contributed to the continuing fall in the JSA claimant count.


"Many firms - both anecdotally and through our survey work - are now reporting the need to take on additional resource to service increasing short-term sales and orders.


"It's a clear indication that our economy is slowly moving in the right direction and will continue to get stronger as confidence returns and allows businesses to make long-term decisions about their future staffing requirements and investment needs.


"However, there is still a long way to go before we return to the levels of economic growth we saw before the recession and local businesses are still crying out for more support to help them drive growth, boost trade overseas and create jobs and wealth.


"The Chancellor must take the opportunity of the forthcoming Spending Review* to lay the foundations for a lower-tax economy by refocusing unproductive current expenditure towards investment which underpins economic stability and growth."


And David Kirkham,on behalf of the Nottinghamshire: City & County Employment and Skills Board, said: "It is encouraging to see a fall in our local JSA claimant rate, in line with the national reduction reported today. National and regional figures have fallen consistently over the last seven months, whilst local figures have now been falling since March.

"It is heartening to see that there is also a fall in the number of young people claiming benefits. However, there is a need to be cautious as the numbers claiming JSA for longer than six months continues to increase across the board. Youth unemployment remains a concern for the board, and we call upon local businesses to support initiatives, such as the Nottingham Post's ‘300-in-100 Apprenticeship Campaign', to support young people into jobs."

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Notes to editor:

  • Unemployment nationally fell by 5,000 in the 3 months between February and April 2013 and now stands at 2.511m (7.8%).
  • Regionally, the figures show an increase in unemployment over the same 3 month period; rising from 177,000 to 179,000 (the rate remains the same at 7.8%).
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) statistics, show a fall in claimants across the board. At a national level 8,600 fewer individuals are claiming JSA than in April (giving a new total of 1.51m); whilst regionally a fall of 500 is recorded (the total now sits at 102,100). The count in DNCC area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) has seen a fall of around 1,900 claimants in the last month, with the new count given as 50,898 (3.7%).
  • The figures for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire follow the positive trend recorded at a regional and national level, with both areas seeing a fall in their claimant counts over the last month.
  • The number of people claiming JSA in Nottingham has decreased by 387 individuals and now totals 13,767 (6.5%), whilst the claimant count for Nottinghamshire has decreased by 570 and now stands at 15,940 (3.2%). Again when these figures are compared with those from May 2012, a clear fall in the number of claimants can be seen; with 560 fewer claimants recorded in Nottingham and 1,416 fewer in Nottinghamshire.
  • The claimant rate for 18 - 24 year olds remains an area of intense interest, both at a national and local level.
  • The rates mirror the pattern shown by the overall claimant figures reported.
  • Nationally there are now 387,320 18 - 24 year olds claiming JSA - a decrease of 15, 685 since last month. The East Midlands has seen claimant numbers fall by nearly 1,300 over the last month (to give a total of 28, 660 claimants), whilst the DNCC area's claimant count has fallen by nearly 700 individuals in the same period (to sit at 15,060).
  • Nottingham has seen the number of young claimants fall to 3,755 (a decrease of 120 since April) whilst Nottinghamshire's fell to 4,685 (a decrease of 220 claimants).
  • When comparing today's statistics with those released in May 2012, a fall in the number of claimants aged 18 - 24 years can also be seen nationally, regionally and locally.
  • Despite the overall number of 18 - 24 year olds falling across the board, the number of 18 - 24 year olds claiming for more than 6 months continues to rise. The national figures show an increase of nearly 5,000 young claimants (total claimants 727,155), whilst the East Midlands and D2N2 LEP area have seen increases of nearly 600 and 200 claimants respectively (total numbers now sit at 48,150 and 24,660). At a local level, the number of young people claiming JSA for longer than 6 months in Nottingham has increased by 55 (to 7,445) whilst in Nottinghamshire it has risen by 115 (to 7,450) over the last month.
  • All figures however, with the exception of those for Nottingham (which has exactly the same number of claimants as a year ago), are down on those reported in May 2012.

 

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