THE number of people collecting dole money in East Staffordshire is at its lowest level since the 2008 financial crash, according to latest statistics.
Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in the Burton constituency had dropped from 1,248 in October to 1,119 in November – which equates to 1.8 per cent of the town’s working population.
The town’s MP Andrew Griffiths has hailed the figures as another sign that the UK’s economy is on the road to recovery.
He said: “It’s fantastic news. It shows the economy is beginning to improve and get moving again.
“There’s still a long way to go but the fact that we have the lowest unemployment figures since June 2008 demonstrates that the tough decisions are helping to get people back into work.”
Mr Griffiths also said it was pleasing to hear that 70 per cent of new jobs created since the 2010 General Election were full-time positions.
Chris Plant, director of Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, which also covers Uttoxeter, said the strong job figures support the growth forecast for the fourth quarter of the financial year.
He added: “These are very strong labour market figures, which back our recent forecast of increased growth in the fourth quarter of this year.
“Employment is up, unemployment is down, inactivity is down, and while youth and long-term unemployment remain high, there has been an improvement in these areas.
“The strong growth in private sector employment at a time when public sector jobs are stagnating proves that businesses are up for the challenge and are doing all they can to drive the recovery.”