UNEMPLOYMENT in Uttoxeter fell by more than 10 per cent last month, figures have shown.
East Staffordshire saw the largest fall in benefits claimers during a single month for a year, while it was the first time the dole queue had shrunk during 2014.
MP Andrew Griffiths said it was a sign that the local economy was back on track and blamed the ‘blip’ on firms hiring temporary staff over the Christmas period.
He also stressed it was important to look at the bigger picture, with almost 1,000 more people in work than this time last year.
In Uttoxeter, there are currently 1,291 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, a fall of 160 from February.
Mr Griffiths said: “This is really good news for families and businesses and shows the seasonal blip seems to have come to an end.
“It is encouraging to see such a large fall in unemployment in one month and is a strong indicator of the resilience and growth in the economy locally.”
The buoyant mood locally was matched on a national scale, with unemployment across the UK currently at its lowest point for five years.
The West Midlands is among the most resurgent areas, with the region seeing the third largest fall in unemployment.
The encouraging news comes after a survey of firms in the town revealed many were in the best health since before the recession.
The figures were also welcomed by Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington who said the figures showed the council and its partners are on the right track.
He said: “The figures show a big annual drop in Staffordshire JSA claimants, which is hugely encouraging and will bring added confidence to businesses and investors.”