Unemployment rate in Mansfield and Ashfield higher than average

The unemployment rate in Mansfield and Ashfield is higher than the average for England, new data reveals.

Thursday, 30th May 2019, 9:00 am
Unemployment is above the English average in Mansfield and Ashfield

Although several studies point out that Brexit is damaging consumer confidence, employers across the country keep hiring, pushing the UK employment rate to its highest in more than 44 years.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that 4.9 per cent of people aged between 16 and 64 and actively looking for a job were unemployed in Mansfield in 2018, while the figure was five per cent in Ashfield – around 3,000 people in both areas..

Those figures were worked out as a monthly average across the year.

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Unemployment is above the English average in Mansfield and Ashfield

That's slightly higher than the average across England, where it was 4.1 per cent, while in the UK as a whole, unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent.

Fewer people were out of work in Mansfield than in 2017, when the rate was 5.4 per cent, but less were out of work in Ashfield in 2017 when the number was 4.7 per cent.

There were a further 18,000 people on average in Mansfield and 21,000 in Ashfield considered inactive in the area last year, as they were not actively seeking work for at least four weeks.

Matt Hughes, the ONS's deputy head of labour market statistics, said: "The jobs market remains robust, with the number of people in work continuing to grow.

"The increase over the past year is all coming from full-timers, both employees and the self-employed.

"Earnings have now been growing ahead of inflation for over a year, but in real terms, wage levels have not yet returned to their pre-downturn peak."

Alok Sharma MP, the minister of state for employment, said recent unemployment figures show the underlying resilience of the British economy.

He said: "The UK jobs market continues to go from strength to strength but we must not take this for granted.

"We need to work urgently to get behind a Brexit deal that protects this jobs record and gives employers the certainty to continue to invest in their workforce and boost wages.

"With more people in work than ever before, it is welcome news that wages are continuing to rise at their fastest rate in a decade.

"And by increasing the living wage and personal tax allowance for 2019, this government is putting more money in people’s pocket, benefiting millions of families across the country."

Full-time workers in Mansfield earned an average weekly salary of £453 in 2018, compared to £575 across England, while in Ashfield the average weekly wage was £520.