Unemployment Briefing - January 2018.

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

The latest January unemployment figures have been released and show our Conservative number one priority of having a productive Staffordshire economy is working. People in work are healthier, safer, happier and reduces the need for the services a county council provides which in turn means we can keep council tax as low as possible.

In Staffordshire there are 5,945 people, up from 5,460 last month, claiming out of work Universal Credit benefits including Job Seekers Allowance, this equates to a rate of 1.1%, the number and rate of claimants has increased compared to the previous month. As with previous years, this can be predominately attributed to seasonal work coming to an end after the Christmas period.

Staffordshire County has the second lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities. In England the rate is 1.9% and for all of the West Midlands 2.4%

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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