Employment continues to rise across Nottinghamshire

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

There were 7,690 JSA claimants in the city – 45 fewer than in July and 1,994 fewer than a year ago. In Nottinghamshire, not including the city, there were 8,068 claimants – 133 more than in July but 2,323 fewer than 12 months earlier. In the East Midlands as a whole, 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.

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.

“What is important is that these jobs are sustainable, which means they must be created alongside improvements in productivity [output per employee] if regional growth is to be sustained.

“Over the next few months we can expect to see a spike in employment as companies recruit temporary staff, some on zero hours contracts, to cope with the Christmas rush. “What we must hope is that, come the new year and the end of those contracts, we don’t see a large dip in employment or spike in JSA claimants.”