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New fall in Gloucestershire jobless total

By BHawes  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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Unemployment has fallen again in Gloucestershire with 376 fewer people looking for work.

There were 7,841 people claiming unemployment benefit in the county in November according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics today.

The number or jobless people in the UK dropped by 99,000 to 2.39 million, the lowest rate since 2009.

In Gloucestershire the unemployment rate is now 2.1 per cent Some 5,158 men are claiming unemployment compared with 2,683 women.

Year on year the county's unemployment total has fallen by 2,175.

Gloucestershire's unemployment figures by district are: Cheltenham: 1,739 down 115; Cotswold: 583 up seven; Forest of Dean: 1,037 down 36; Gloucester: 2,506 down 164; Stroud: 1,079 down 53; Tewkesbury: 897 down 15.

David Owen, chief executive of Gloucestershire's economic partnership, GFirst LEP said developing a highly skilled, economically productive and highly employable population in Gloucestershire was central to the strategic economic plan it would be submitting to the Government in March.

"Working closely with the business, voluntary and public community, and through the work of our 11 sector groups, more than 3,600 adults started an apprenticeship during 2012/13, with the welcome increase of 88% for the number of engineering apprenticeships since 2008/9," he said.

"Year on year, we have seen a steady increase in the number of adult apprenticeships and the number of starts is now 176% higher in 2012/13 than in 2008/9.  Youth apprenticeships account for 27% of all apprenticeship starts and the number of opportunities is now 34% higher than in 2008/9.
Phil Smith, managing director of the business organisation Business West said:  "Unemployment in the South West stands at 6.4%, which has increased 0.3 percent from the last quarter. An increase of 8,000 people (167,000 – 175,000) was recorded during this period, however, unemployment in the South West still remains below the national average of 7.4 per cent.

"The government must now build on the progress made so far and support job creation, focusing in particular on more support for exporters and improving access to finance for growing businesses."

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  • Richardburton  |  December 18 2013, 8:32PM

    Gloucestershire has 376 less unemployed? Out of these how many are really in work? As people on the work programme will count as working, people who have been sactioned will be not claiming as they can't. So how many are actually in a job!

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