Unemployment Briefing - August 2018.

This article has been kindly given to the SSCA by Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council (philip.atkins@staffordshire.gov.uk).

The latest unemployment claimant figures for August have been released, and show our Conservative number one priority of having a productive Staffordshire economy continues to work.

The latest position shows a positive picture with Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant count rate remaining low and unchanged at 1.3%. The monthly rate also remains lower than both the national and regional picture.

While more people than ever are in work, there has been a small increase in the number of working age claimants across both Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent since July, with 7,040 working age claimants in Staffordshire (an increase of 155) and 4,245 claimants in Stoke on Trent (an increase of 125). A general increase has also been experienced across both a large number of West Midlands authorities and nationally.

Staffordshire County remains the second lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities. In England the rate is 2.2% and for all of the West Midlands 2.8%

With so many employed and such a small number of people claiming benefits across Staffordshire, this is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer and our long term economic plan in action.

Regards

Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council

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