Unemployment figures fall in Ilkeston

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Fewer people are out of work in Ilkeston and Long Eaton compared to this time a year ago.

The latest Labour Market Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics show that there are 677 people in Ilkeston on Jobseekers’ allowance, and 605 in Long Eaton. This means a 30 per cent drop in unemployment in Ilkeston and 25 per cent in Long Eaton.

Joanna Smith, from Jobcentre Plus, said: “It bucks the trend. There has been a drop in figures even over the last month. Jobs have been created in retail, particularly the new Morrisons, and Long Eaton benefits from the airport

“The difference in the figures from last year is incredible and reflects the opportunities that there are out there.”

She said there is a similar picture in Derby, which had seen a 35 per cent drop.

In the East Midlands as a whole 35,000 more people are now in work compared to the same time last year.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

“Thanks to our long term economic plan we have already seen close to two million more people in jobs since 2010. On top of that, there are a record number of people in work in the East Midlands.

“Today’s figures show job vacancies at a near record high – evidence of the continued confidence of British Businesses, and potential for further growth in the UK economy.

“Our one nation government is helping millions across the country to succeed and achieve their full potential. I was particularly pleased to see that wages are continuing to rise – meaning that hardworking people will see a real difference in their pay packets.”

The figures coincide with the launch of the new #WEcan work experience campaign – which is designed to ensure that more young people have the opportunity to gain valuable and practical business skills for that first step on the career ladder.