NOV 01] LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL NEWS
Local Jobless Bucks National Trend
the first significant national increase in unemployment for a
year the number of claimants in Coventry and Warwickshire fell
by just under 700 in October.
figures are the results of analysis produced by the Learning and
Skills Council (LSC) Coventry and Warwickshire, who recorded
drops in unemployment claimants throughout all districts.
biggest dip came in Coventry, recording 403 less claimants,
followed by Nuneaton and Bedworth, down 85, Rugby, falling 80
and Warwick, down 50.
overall picture for Coventry and Warwickshire now reveals 9,537
people claiming unemployment benefit as of October 2001, a
reduction of over 2,000 compared with just over a year ago
(11,706 in September 2000).
with regional figures the unemployment rate in Coventry and
Warwickshire fell to an all time low, still below that of the
West Midlands as a whole, standing at 2.3%, in comparison to the
regional figure of 3.6%. Nationally the jobless rate is 3.1%.
long-term unemployed, those who have not been in work for six
months or longer, also fell in Coventry and Warwickshire to
3,391, representing 36.1% of those unemployed, well below the
national figure of 40%.
term unemployment decreases in the past three months were
recorded in Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford and Warwick,
whilst increases were found in Coventry and North Warwickshire.
Chandler, analyst for the LSC Coventry and Warwickshire, said:
is extremely encouraging that whilst the number of people
claiming unemployment benefit rose by 4,300 throughout the
country, Coventry and Warwickshire reported a drop of 675.
the economic downturn after the tragic events in the United
States people in the sub-region are finding employment
opportunities, and with the Christmas season now approaching
there will be many jobs available for people to apply for.
work will help to balance figures that show companies who have
been unable to survive the current climate, meaning we will
have to wait until the new year to see how this is reflected
in the unemployment reports."