Unemployment Briefing - November 2018.

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

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

The latest position for November 2018 continues to show a positive picture with Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant count rate remaining low and unchanged at 1.3%.

There has been a decrease of 130 working age claimants in Staffordshire since October 2018, with a total of 6,980 claimants in Staffordshire. In Stoke-on-Trent the rate of change since October has been higher than seen regionally and nationally, with 4,795 claimants (an increase of 165). A general increase over the last month has also been experienced across the majority of West Midlands authorities and nationally.

Staffordshire County is equal lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities. In England the rate is 2.3% and for all of the West Midlands 2.9%

The majority of Districts have seen monthly rate decreases which is likely to be a reflection of increased seasonal job opportunities. As predicted in October’s briefing, Staffordshire Moorlands has seen an increase of 30 claimants since October, and this is likely to be attributed to the recent move to Universal Credit Full Service.

Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, South Staffordshire and Stafford have all moved to Universal Credit Full Service this month, therefore based on changes seen in other districts we would expect to see an increase in the claimant count over the coming months. We will continue to monitor the impact of Universal Credit with further analysis included in future updates, where appropriate.

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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