Unemployment Briefing - July 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 July have been released today 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.

There are 6,855 working age claimants in Staffordshire; a small decrease of 110 since June 2018.

Staffordshire County has the second lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities. In England the rate is 2.1% 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.


Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council


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