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Trend shows rising employment across the East Midlands

The new figures were released earlier today.

The number of people in work in the East Midlands has risen for five out of the past six months according to figures released this morning.

 

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics showed an increase of 44,418 to 2,348,333 people in work across the region for the three months to the end of January.

 

And the number of people registered as unemployed in the East Midlands fell by 22,685 to 98,489 for the same period. Since December, only March saw a small rise (2,000) in the number of people out of work in the region.

 

That month also saw an unexpected and unexplained rise in the region’s unemployment rate to 4.7% compared with a national figure of 3.9%, although the figure realigned itself last month.

 

Today’s figures show the regional unemployment rate at four per cent, which, with the exception of March, has remained relatively consistent over the period. The figure for England is 3.9% and for the UK is 3.8%.

 

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at award-winning East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Today’s figures and the overall pattern over the past six months show the region is performing better than might be expected given the ongoing concerns over Brexit.

 

“It should be noted that today’s figures cover the period leading up to the first Brexit deadline [29 March] and we wouldn’t have been surprised to see the lack of business confidence reported to us at the time reflected in a rise in unemployment during those three months.

 

“The fact that regional employment increased shows the strength of the local economy and the desire of businesses to get on with the task of creating jobs and wealth despite adverse trading conditions.

 

“But this must not be seen by Government as an excuse to sit on their laurels – business still needs to know as soon as possible what our route out of the EU will be, always assuming that Brexit happens.”

 

Despite the rise in regional employment announced this morning, the monthly figures for the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in April compared with March showed a rise of 1,545 across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

 

 

*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

Employment figures May 2019 release

 

Total in employment

Unemployed

Employment rate (%)

Unemployment rate (%)

Jan-Mar 2019

2,348,333

98,489

61.0

4.0

Oct-Dec 2018

2,303,915

121,174

59.9

5.0

Jan-Mar 2018

2,310,497

95,241

60.3

4.0

Jan-Mar 2017

2,287,882

92,653

60.0

3.9

Quarterly change

44,418

-22,685

 

 

Yearly change

37,836

3,248

 

 

Two-year change

60,451

5,835

 

 

 

Claimant count May 2019 figures

 

April 2019

March 2019

April 2018

April 2017

Monthly change

Yearly change

Two-year change

Derby

4,785

4,615

3,430

2,855

170

1,355

1,930

Derbyshire

10,110

9,845

8,040

6,510

265

2,070

3,600

Leicester

6,610

6,370

4,385

4,100

240

2,225

2,510

Leicestershire

6,340

6,330

4,750

3,560

10

1,590

2,780

Nottingham

8,265

7,860

7,590

7,410

405

675

855

Nottinghamshire

10,880

10,425

8,585

8,125

455

2,295

2,755

 

46,990

45,445

36,780

32,555

1,545

10,210

14,435

 

 

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