Fall in county youth unemployment

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NE Derbyshire has seen a slight drop in the number of youngsters out of work as youth unemployment hits an all-time high nationally.

In December, 565 18 to 24-year-olds were claiming jobseeker’s allowance - five less than the previous month.

Nationally youth unemployment has hit 951,000, the highest since records began in 1992, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s education chief, said: “In the current economic climate, any reduction in youth unemployment is to be welcomed.

“Derbyshire County Council, together with partner organisations, is working hard to provide training and employment opportunities for young people through a variety of initiatives.”

Unemployment across Derbyshire increased from 14,338 in November to 14,692 in December.

Scott Knowles, deputy chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s important to remember that seasonal recruitment peaks in November, which has an impact on the figures.

“A number of firms, particularly those reliant on customer footfall, lost business because of the snow in early December - this may have had an impact on their seasonal recruitment plans, with businesses not needing to take on extra staff to cope with the rise in demand over Christmas.

“Most seasonal employment will come to an end in January and February, which may lead to another rise in the claimant count, although in reality the number of claimants is returning to levels similar to those seen in September and October 2010.”