The latest unemployment figures for May 2016 have just been released.
In Staffordshire there are 4,885 people claiming out of work Universal Credit benefits including Job Seekers Allowance, this equates to a rate of 0.9%, which is the same as the previous month. Staffordshire County now has the lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities.
There are 3,605 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Staffordshire, this equates to a rate of 0.7%, which has also remained the same as the previous month.
The growth in employment over the past 4 years has meant that last February there were 329,574 in employment across Staffordshire with an increase over the past year of 14,731. 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 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.
Philip Atkins OBE