EXPANSION and recruitment by Stafford businesses led to a drop of 89 in the number of unemployment claimants in April according to the town’s MP.
Unemployment in the borough is down by more than a third on last year.
Last month saw 917 people claiming benefits compared to 1,006 in March. It was also down by 532 on April last year making the borough 507th out of 650 in the UK (first is the highest rate of unemployment).
The figures represent a rate of 1.9 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.
Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said: “Today’s figures are excellent news. The drop of 89 in one month on top of last month’s drop of 98, is very positive and bears out what I am being told by local businesses, which is that they are looking to expand and take on more employees. Also, the drop of over 500 in 12 months, a drop of over a third, shows that the local economy is gaining confidence.”
Mr Lefroy and Stafford College will hold a careers/jobs fair at the college’s sports hall on Monday, June 30, from 10am to 3pm. For more information call Mr Lefroy’s office on 01785 252477.