Shropshire jobless total bucks national trend

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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."

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