Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mixed Fortunes For Midlands Emloyment

By Ben Aulakh

New figures published this week reveal it has been a tale of mixed fortunes for employment across Worcestershire.

The Economic Summary for Worcestershire, updated by the Office for National statistics, shows that unemployment rose by 921 claimants in February this year, compared to the previous month.

However, the claimant count fell by 2, 022 in comparison to the same period in 2010.

The total number of people who were unemployed in Worcestershire in January was 11,157, nearly five times the total number of job vacancies listed across the county of 2,161.

On average, the number of claimants has decreased by 0.8% per month since August 2009, compared to an average monthly increase of over 16% between November 2008 and February 2009.

The round-up of figures for the county was put together by Council's Research & Intelligence team, providing a break down by ward and district, as well as giving an overall picture of unemployment in Worcestershire.

The local authority is hoping that the data will help Worcestershire's Economy Action Group, which was created in response to the national recession, to support and strengthen the local economy.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economy & Performance said “In the current economic climate this data is a really valuable research tool.

“It’s designed to help provide information for local people, businesses and organisations; and as this service is free, I really hope that people take full advantage of it.”

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