MP: “Unemployment is last thing to get fixed”

NRHNBE100506a8, Amber valley general election count, Alfreton leisure centre. Concervative candidate Nigel Mills.
NRHNBE100506a8, Amber valley general election count, Alfreton leisure centre. Concervative candidate Nigel Mills.

UNEMPLOYMENT in Amber Valley has risen above the national average for the first time in more than 10 years, figures show.

Around 6,160 individuals are now jobless in the area - a rise of 847 on the previous year.

The spike in the amount of people out of work has propelled the area above the East Midlands and UK average in the league tables for the first time since the late 1990s.

But Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills says the figures are of little surprise after the UK slumped into recession again in April.

He said: “In any recovering economy, jobs are the last thing that gets fixed in a way.”

And he went on to say: “These figures are not something to be completely disappointed about.”

The statistics show there were around 71,687 unemployed people in Amber Valley in September 2011, compared to 70,840 during the same month in 2010.

Eight per cent of people are now unemployed in Amber Valley, with the UK average at 7.9 per cent.

Conservative Mr Mills said there were some positives to be taken from the recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The Amber Valley figures are show unemployment to be only 0.1 per cent above the national average.

The amount of people employed in professional occupations in Amber Valley is higher than the national average, at by more than a per cent at 20.2 per cent.

There were 753 jobs available at all Amber Valley Jobcentre outlets in April.

Mr Mills said apprenticeship schemes at factories such as Thorntons, in Somercotes, and training centres such as Acorn Training Consultants in Ripley, are also proving a success.

He said: “There are a lot of interesting businesses in the area.

“It’s not easy, but there are jobs out there.

“The vast majority of school and university leavers do find jobs after a few months.

“Around 75 per cent find jobs within the first six months and 90 per cent within a year.

“These things take time but you have just got to keep going.”

The figures were revealed in the same week that Belper MP Pauline Latham asked David Cameron to reassure her constituents “on the difficulties they are facing due to interest rates” during Prime Ministers Question Time on Wednesday.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses are working hard to expand and grow, but Government needs to do more to help them create jobs.

“Measures like real de-regulation, the creation of a business bank to improve access to finance, will boost confidence.”