Shropshire jobless total bucks national trend

Unemployment figures in Shropshire have bucked the national trend and county businesses are playing their part to help create jobs, an employment expert said today.

Richard Sheehan, of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, was responding to the latest joblessness figures, released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics.

They showed that while nationally, unemployment rose by 15,000 to 2.52 million between January and March, both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils’ areas saw a fall in the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance for the second consecutive month in April.

Shropshire’s count saw a decline from 4,825 to 4,670 claimants, with Telford’s dropping from 4,595 to 4,568.

Mr Sheehan said: “We are delighted to see the local market is bucking the national trend.”

Comments for: "Shropshire jobless total bucks national trend"

Philip Clayton_smith

30 redundancies announced at our place today so that will buck it a bit more.

Karen Hanmer

Businesses might be doing their bit, but try getting past the Recruiment Agencies, my husband of a certain age has tried all the Agencies only to be told we have nothing, so where are all the jobs? Good luck Phiip

MATT R

3% PAY RISE AND 30 REDUNDANCIES TO PAY FOR IT ( GOOD OLD DONCASTERS AEROSPACE) HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!

Robert Leivers

For Karen and others, I'm afraid recruitment agencies really aren't interested in anyone over age 50 (never sure what certain age means) - simply not a viable product. A Channel 4 documentary confirmed this attitude some years ago using father and daughter experiences, both with the same qualifications. Perhaps we should be looking at what lies ahead in the decades to come ? Youth unemployment still too high, business still wary about expansion (and thus new jobs), and folk over 50s clinging onto their jobs for fear of redundancy and having otherwise to scratch around for anything to see them through until state pension age. This does rather suggest that the working life available to fund personal pensions is narrowing considerably for many to the age range 25-55. Combine that with an increasingly distant state retirement age and the post 55 income shortfalls must surely grow ?

Karen

Thank you for that, just what I was hoping to read.