Unemployment tumbles to six year low

The number of people out of work and claiming benefits has fallen to the lowest level for six years.

That’s according to official figures released today.

They put the number of people looking for a job at 1.91 million, a fall of 58,000 between September and November last year. The drop means a record 30 million people are currently in some form of employments.

In Derbyshire the figure also fell with 491 fewer people claiming jobseekers' allowance in December, putting the overall unemployment number at 9,984.

The drop has been welcomed by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, however they have renewed their warning that the area could be heading for a skills shortfall. Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Head of Information and Representation, said in a statement: “Today’s employment figures are once again extremely positive and show that significant progress has been made in getting more people off jobseekers’ benefits and into work.”

“However, this growth in employment could be even better as many businesses are still telling the Chamber that they experience difficulties in finding suitably skilled workers.

Overall the number of people in need of work and claiming jobseekers’ allowance fell by 5,517 in the whole of 2014.

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