Unemployment Briefing - October 2017

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

The latest October 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 low.

In Staffordshire there are 5,375 people claiming out of work Universal Credit benefits including Job Seekers Allowance, down by 110 this equates to a rate of 1.0%, the number of claimants has decreased compared to the previous month, whereas the rate has remained the same.

Staffordshire County has the lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities.

The growth in employment over the past 4 years has meant that last October 2016 there were 439,100 in employment across Staffordshire with an increase since 2015 of 12,300. The picture looks even better when you remember self-employed, voluntary workers and those working their own business are not included in these figures.

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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