New figures show dramatic drop in town's jobless
TAMWORTH'S unemployment level dramatically fell last month according to latest government figures.
During April, 209 fewer residents claimed Job Seekers Allowance than in March – seeing the town's unemployment rate plunge to 3.3 per cent.
It is the biggest monthly JSA fall for more than five years in Tamworth.
Unemployment among young people, those aged 18 to 24, also fell suddenly by 135 from March to April – taking it to its lowest level since June 2011.
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But long-term unemployment remains an issue in Tamworth across all age demographs.
Residents who have claimed JSA for more than 12 months increased by 25 claimants on March's figure taking the total to 310.
The amount of 18 to 24 year olds who have signed on for more than six months remained stagnant at 175 – 100 more than in June 2011.
The fall in JSA claimants sees Tamworth's potential working population percentage of 3.3 per cent (who are signing on) compare favourably with neighbouring areas.
In Birmingham this stands at 7.5 per cent, Cannock Chase 3.8 per cent and Nuneaton and Bedworth 4 per cent.
However, Lichfield and North Warwickshire both boast a 2.5 per cent potential working population claimant rate, and Stafford's is just 2.3 per cent.