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Date: 15/10/2014

The number of people claiming job seekers allowance has decreased by 326 to 5,452 during September.

Since its peak in August 2009, the claimant count has fallen by 7,817 and is now just 301 above the pre-recession low in December 2007.  This makes it the lowest level since June 2008.

The number of jobless at 1.5 per cent of the 16-64 residents in Worcestershire is significantly lower than in the West Midlands who have 2.8 percent out of work and compared to England at 2.1 percent.

The number of younger job seekers (18-24 year olds) claiming has also decreased by 40 to 1,440 (3.1%).

Commenting on the national results, Esther McVey, Employment Secretary, said: “All of our reforms are focussed on helping people into work. Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 50,000 in the last year, which shows that the Government’s long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is proving successful.

“Behind today’s figures there are countless individual stories of people turning their lives around, of families who are now feeling more secure with a regular wage, and of young people escaping unemployment and building a career.

“We know there is always more to do, which is why it is vital to stick to delivering a plan for full employment that's creating growth and jobs."

A full breakdown of the Worcestershire economic summary is available on the Worcestershire County Council website or follow this link Worcestershire Economic Summary