Joblessness falls across the district

Job Centre Plus, DDC offices.
Job Centre Plus, DDC offices.

The Daventry area has one of the lowest unemployment figures for the whole of the UK, according to the latest figures, with fewer out of work people than advertised jobs.

Data for the Daventry parliamentary constituency released on Friday last week, showed that in December there were 900 people claiming unemployment benefits, representing 1.9 per cent of the workforce. The national rate is 7.1 per cent.

That places the Daventry area 533rd out of 650 for unemployment rate, putting the town in the top 20 per cent of constituencies.

The figures show a drop in claimants of 396 since December 2012, and 54 since November 2013.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It’s clearly good news. What it shows is that there are businesses around the Daventry area who made good decisions and have weathered the storm, and are now looking to invest and grow again.

“Overall joblessness is down to that figure of 900 people. Long term unemployed numbers are almost at their lowest level ever for this area, and youth unemployment is down as well.

“The Government has an economic plan, but in reality it is the local businesses that are responsible for this.

“We are one of the few areas where the numbers of vacancies at the Job Centre is greater than the number of people claiming unemployment, and that’s before we feel the effects of the hundreds of new jobs coming at DIRFT.

“What generally happens is as there’s more opportunities, people start to move jobs, then firms have to start thinking about increasing pay to retain workers. It also means you find people want to move into the area, and you can view this as good or otherwise, that often means more house building.”

John Andrews, chairman of the Daventry Labour Party, said: “It’s always good news when more people are finding work, it’s good for them, their family and the community.

“What we’re concerned about is that the people in work might be on short term or zero hours contracts, or part time when they want to be full time.

“Labour Party figures show families are £1,600 worse off since 2010. Ask the people on the streets if they feel better off, or more secure, I think most will say ‘no’.”