Chesterfield bucks national jobs trend

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The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Chesterfield has fallen by 30 per cent since last year - putting the town ahead of the national average for the first time since records began.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, released this week, show that in August 2014 there were 1,593 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Chesterfield.

One year later, that figure has dropped by a 33 per cent to 1,067.

Nationally, numbers have fallen by 198,000 to 1.82m over the same period, although the figure rose by 10,000 between May and July.

This calculates to an 11 per cent drop – putting Chesterfield ahead of the national trend for the first time since records began in 2006.

Coun John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “To see the number of people on Jobseekers allowance in Chesterfield below the national average for the first time is a real achievement, but we must continue this work to create even more jobs in the borough.

“What is crucial is that the jobs being created need to be predominantly high quality, well paid jobs and not part-time, low paid jobs.

“Our aim as a council is to grow the local economy by working with our partners at a county and regional level to create the environment that makes Chesterfield attractive for businesses to move to or expand in.

“One example of this has been Markham Vale where by successfully arguing that it should become an Enterprise Zone - where businesses receive tax incentives to set up there - we have seen companies like Inspirepac, Ready Egg and others come in and create the jobs that are boosting the job figures.”

Joanna Smith, of Derbyshire Jobcentre, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for Chesterfield. It just goes to show that things are improving in the area.

“We have had some big businesses setting-up in the area and this is having a profound effect on the labour market.”

In the Derbyshire Dales, the number of people claiming Jobseekers allowance fell by 29 per cent since August 2014.

In the High Peak, the figure was 25 per cent and in the Amber Valley the number of people on Jobseekers allowance fell by 14 per cent.

Nationally, numbers have fallen by 198,000 to 1.82m over the same period, although the figure rose by 10,000 between May and July.