Regional unemployment remains below the national average
Unemployment in Chesterfield continues to be lower than the national average according to figures released this week.
Monthly data published by the Office for National Statistics showed unemployment in the region of 4.0% for the three months February to April 2018 compared with 4.19% for the UK.
The regional figure was down 0.1% on the three months of November to January.
According to the ONS, the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Chesterfield for the period from May was 1655, down 10 from the figure reported in April of 1665.
The number of people shown as in work across the East Midlands for the three months February to April was 2,303,383, up 27,074 from the 2,276,309 of the previous quarter and 53,191 higher than a year ago.
Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said:-
“Today’s figures confirm once again that the East Midlands is a serious contributor to the national economy; the region continuing to create jobs, opportunities and wealth despite the uncertainty of Brexit and the Government’s ongoing under-investment in the region.
“If we can achieve these figures despite receiving only 60% of the national average for infrastructure investment – which includes road and rail improvements and internet and mobile connectivity – just think what we could achieve if Government were to recognise the importance of this area.”