UNEMPLOYMENT across Uttoxeter and its surrounding villages is continuing to fall, the latest figures have revealed.
The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, found every ward in Uttoxeter and the surrounding area had seen a decrease in people joining the dole queue between June and July this year.
In the Uttoxeter town ward, 56 people were unemployed in July, which 1.3 per cent of the ward’s population.
This was the lowest it has been since December 2010 when it was 50 and was down one person since June.
February saw the highest unemployment rate this year with 78 people looking for work.
Over in the heath ward 67 people were unemployed in July, which is 1.8 per cent of the ward’s population.
This was the lowest it has been since June 2011 when it was again 67 and was down four people compared to June.
March saw the highest unemployment rate this year with 89 joining the dole queue.
The crown ward, which covers Marchington and Draycott in the Clay, had 11 people unemployed in July, which is 0.5 per cent of the ward’s population.
This is the lowest it has been since October 2012 when it was 10 and was one person down from June.
February saw the highest unemployment level this year with 21.
The Bagots ward, which covers Abbots Bromley and Kingstone, saw nine people unemployed in July, which is 0.6 per cent of ward’s population.
This is the lowest it has been since March 2013 when it was eight and is three people down since June.
February and March saw the highest unemployment level with 13.
On the weaver ward, which covers Mayfield, 11 people were unemployed in July, which is 0.9 per cent of the ward’s population.
This is the lowest it has been since July 2010 when it was 11 and was down four people since June.
The highest unemployment level this year was February with 21.
Speaking about the figures for East Staffordshire as a whole, Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths said: “This is the latest in a series of incredibly positive and encouraging numbers both for East Staffordshire and the country.
“These are the best unemployment figures since the General Election and further demonstrate that the economy locally is responding well and moving in the right direction.
“However, there is still a great deal of work to do but I think the most important thing is to talk the economy up and encourage confidence that is returning to people across the country.”
Chris Plant, director of Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, which covers Uttoxeter, said further efforts were needed to help businesses create more jobs.
He said: “Despite some concerns, such as higher youth and long-term unemployment, the overall picture is one of a slowly improving labour market.
“Employment is up, unemployment is down, and there was a significant fall in the number of those claiming benefits.
“The level of inactivity has fallen and people are starting to return to the workforce. But firms are now under increased pressure to create jobs – otherwise those returning will find themselves unemployed.”