Employment figures across region on the rise

The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the East Midlands fell again in August, according to new figures.

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Across the East Midlands, the number of people in employment increased over the three months to the end of July to 2,172,663, a rise of 18,539, compared with the 2,154,124 in the previous three months.

The employment rate for the region over the same periods rose from 74.4 per cent to 75 per cent and unemployment dropped from 5 per cent to 4.8 per cent.

In Nottinghamshire, not including the city, there were 8,068 claimants – 133 more than in July but 2,323 fewer than 12 months earlier.

Scott Knowles, acting chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “Yet again, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are recording strong employment growth. That is excellent news, especially as there will have been a cohort of 18-year-olds leaving school this summer – the first since the school-leaving age was increased from 16 - and appearing on the figures for the first time.

“Over the next few months we can expect to see a spike in employment as companies recruit temporary staff to cope with the Christmas rush.”