Employment in the East Midlands is at all time high

Job Centre plus, St John's Street, Stamford. File picture'Photo: MSMP200812-091js ENGEMN00120120820131941
Job Centre plus, St John's Street, Stamford. File picture'Photo: MSMP200812-091js ENGEMN00120120820131941

In the final set of official employment figures published on Wednesday, the East Midlands has come out on top as one of the highest employment rates in the UK, with 65,000 more people in work than this time last year.

The amount of people out of work in Stamford and Rutland currently stands at just 541, including 130 young people, but compared to last year this is at a 29.7 per cent drop.

The ‘good news’ follows successful events being organised in the local area to help get more people into jobs, including a recent event held at the Stamford Arts Centre which attracted over 150 people.

The event held on Friday last week featured a number of local employers, offering people advice and guidance on job hunting techniques, skills in the workplace and live interviews, to help prepare people for their next big job interview.

Elaine Hume, of Jobcentre Plus, said: “Its heading in the right direction, these are really positive figures. There has been quite a large drop in the number of people claiming job seekers allowance compared to last year, which is fantastic .”

Employment minister, Esther McVey said: “This is a remarkable set of figures, which underlines this Governments success in backing businesses to create jobs, and supporting British people to seize those opportunities. The future is looking brighter.”