BUSINESS in Staffordshire is booming, with the number of people signed up to Jobseeker's Allowance down 42% compared to this time last year.
The Newsletter caught up with Carol Hemming, Job Centre Plus employment engagement manager for Stafford, Cannock and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
She said: “Figures of the number of people claiming JSA have dropped from 1,497 in August 2013 to about 868. Some of those may include Rugeley and figures at the Cannock job centre have also fallen.”
Ms Hemming told the Newsletter she thinks the reason for the good news is due to smaller employees taking more people on as a result of stronger confidence in the economy.
She said: “We’re out of the recession. Many smaller businesses have come back to us over the last six months and that wasn’t the case before.
“Business has picked up generally and people are making a much more conscious effort to find work through government schemes.”
Youth unemployment has also dropped, with 455 18 to 24 year olds on JSA in August 2013 and 250 now.
Ms Heming added: “This may be because apprenticeships have increased and many larger companies are offering these.
“School leavers might not immediately have work and people will also be looking for work after university, but we’re confident there are plenty of local jobs.”
There is a high demand for care workers and HGV drivers and the Jobcentre is embarking on a training programme in September for LGV drivers.
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