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Jobseeker numbers fall

File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today in his Autumn Statement of funding for Jobcentres to support 16 and 17 year olds in finding apprenticeship or traineeship. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today in his Autumn Statement of funding for Jobcentres to support 16 and 17 year olds in finding apprenticeship or traineeship. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Dole queues in Derbyshire have shrunk by more than 740 people in the space of a month, according to latest figures.

The amount of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in June 2014 stood at 8,872 in Derbyshire, down from 9,613 respectively in May. There are now 4,088 fewer claimants in the county than a year ago.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, said the statistics were 
further proof that the local economy is on the up.

He said: “The continued fall in both unemployment and the number of jobseekers benefits claimants in Derby and Derbyshire is once again testament to the steady growth of the region’s economy.”

Babu Ganatra, operations manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “This is very very good news and shows that there is a buoyant labour market in Derby and Derbyshire.

“It is particularly pleasing that fewer 18-to-24-year-olds are claiming jobseekers allowance.”

 

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