Shropshire jobless figure falls to 10-year low
Dole queues in Shropshire were the shortest they have been in 10 years last month, official figures revealed today.
In Shropshire Council's area, the number of people signing on in April declined to 2,240 – the lowest figure since the 2,234 recorded in October 2005.
Telford & Wrekin also experienced a fall in the number of people claiming the benefit, with 1,972 people making claims.
That wasn't as low as the 1,921 people notched up in December last year, but except for that outstanding month, that was the lowest number since April 2005.
Nationally, a record number of people are now in work, after unemployment dipped to a seven-year low of 1.83 million – although the latest quarterly cut of 35,000 was the smallest for almost two years.
In Powys, the figure came within a whisker of its all-time low, as 960 people signed on - only two more than the record of 958 set last December.
Recent studies showed that firms remain optimistic about creating jobs.
The figures are the first on unemployment since the general election campaign, in which the economy and jobs were a central feature.
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