Jobless figures dip again in Erewash

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Unemployment figures in Erewash have fallen compared to the same time last year, figures have revealed.

The newly released figures show that there are 544 fewer people claiming jobseekers’ allowance than there was a year ago, including 160 fewer younger people claiming.

Jackie Crompton, employment and partnership leader at Jobcentre Plus said: “These are another good set of figures. Nationally the Labour market figures show that there are 608,000 more people in work than a year ago.

“Employment rates are at the highest rate on record, unemployment continues to fall with 486,000 fewer people unemployed compared to a year ago.

“It’s really great news that fewer people are out of work and looking for jobs.”

She said that Ilkeston had benefitted from Morrisons opening last month when 230 people where taken on.

And, because of Ilkeston’s location, in-between Nottingham and Derby, people have landed roles in retail, hospitality, and aviation security at East Midlands Airport.

Jobs are also expected to be created when an Aldi distribution centre opens in Sawley at the end of the year.

As well as this Universal Credit went live in Erewash on Monday for single people claiming JSA who don’t own a home. It’s aim is to condense six benefits into one, including income support and child tax credits, to enable people to move in and out of work easier.

Jackie said: “As people get more hours their universal credit will reduce.”

She said in Ilkeston there are 1,000 jobs available at the moment in a ten mile radius.

There is also a push to get women into top jobs through a campaign called #notjustforboys.

Job fairs are also a big factor in helping people come off the dole, with a number set to take place in the coming months, including in Ripley, Chesterfield and Nottingham.