Unemployment Briefing - May 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 May unemployment figures have been released and show our Conservative number one priority of having a productive Staffordshire economy is working.

The economy in Staffordshire increased by 4.3% or £681 million between 2015 and 2016, showing a higher rate of growth than seen nationally (3.7%) and regionally (3.9%).

The latest position for May 2018 confirms Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant count rate remains low and unchanged at 1.3%, lower than national average.

Unemployment claimant count remains low for May at 7,080 working age claimants in Staffordshire; with a small decrease of 55 since April 2018.

Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise.

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.

Regards

Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council

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