ONLY 34 people in Uttoxeter out of more than 1,000 across East Staffordshire are currently claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, it has been revealed.
Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths said he was 'astounded' by such a low figure for the town after he contacted the Department for Work and Pensions.
Employer adviser Jeanette Hines told him that there were 1,185 jobseekers in East Staffordshire, but only 34 were actually based in the town. However, this figure does not include Uttoxeter jobseekers who are claiming other benefits.
The figures comes as it was announced that Waitrose would be creating 180 new jobs by opening a new store on the site of the former JCB factory, in Pinfold Street, Uttoxeter, as part of the JCB legacy site.
Mr Griffiths told The Advertiser these were encouraging job figures, but it did not mean that further challenges to provide more in the town did not exist.
He said: "These are astounding figures and only go to demonstrate that the Government's long-term economic plan is paying huge dividends in Uttoxeter.
"Overall, unemployment in my constituency has almost halved in the last four years this Government has been in power, but it is fantastic to discover that it has fallen to such a low level in Uttoxeter.
"I would like to congratulate all the local employers who have worked so hard to grow their businesses and get people back into work.
"The challenge is to keep it going so people see their pay packets increase, and that we create more jobs so that people have choice and opportunities for better jobs."