The latest unemployment (JSA claimant count) figures for January have just been released.
The claimant rate for Staffordshire has increased slightly compared to the previous month to 4,167 and now stands at 0.8%, as with previous years this increase can be attributed to seasonal work coming to an end after the Christmas period.
Attached is a spreadsheet with a simple table to show the growth in employment over the past 4 years. There are 329,574 now in employment with an increase over the past year of 14,731. 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 JSA across Staffordshire, this is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer. Our challenge still is to attract better paid skilled jobs, not just jobs for the sake of employment. Other areas still have that challenge.
Staffordshire County Council Leader