Number of unemployed in Notts rises
THE number out of work and claiming benefits rose in Notts last month despite a fall nationally and across the East Midlands.
Those claiming JobSeeker Allowance in Nottingham increased by 450 to 13,918 (6.5 per cent), while the claimant count for Notts rose by 658 to 16,672 (3.3 per cent).
Nevertheless, the figures show a fall compared with January 2012, with Nottingham down by 286 and Notts by 1,284.
Derbys and Notts Chamber of Commerce said the most worrying figures related to the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming JSA.
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Nationally the figures rose by nearly 15,000 to stand at 420,050. Regionally it rose by 1,145 to 30,025. In Nottingham, 80 extra young claimants last month took the total to 3,770, while in the county it rose by 225 to 4,925.
But the figures are down on January 2012.
Chamber chief executive George Cowcher said: "The key comparison to make is that they are down significantly when compared to January 2012 which is extremely positive news and shows that progress is being made in getting more people back into work.
"Businesses will have a key role to play in ensuring that new jobs are being created at a time when the Government's deficit reduction plan will inevitably cause the public sector to shrink."