Unemployment rate hits record low for Staffordshire

More good news this month with yet again another drop in the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance in Staffordshire, hitting the lowest number on record this time, just 3,877 people are claiming job seekers allowance, 0.7% of the county’s population.  It’s been a good year with rates lower than 1% across all months, again testament to our ongoing work to grow, support and attract new business to the county.  Our mix of businesses both large and small also continue to drive our economy forward creating more jobs.

Moving from jobs to transport; we all want to see an effective, modern rail network with good connectivity  that meets the needs of passengers and the local economy.  In October 2017, a new franchise to run rail services in the West Midlands is due to start and the Government want to hear from people about what the new services should look like.  The 14-week consultation is being carried out jointly with West Midlands Rail and is a great opportunity to help shape future rail travel.  People are being asked for their views on most aspects of the network, from improving services and stations, journeys, timetables, ticketing to general customer service.  I would encourage people and especially anyone who currently uses trains in the region to get involved and have their say at www.westmidlandsrail.com.

And congratulations to our very own Adam Peaty who was shortlisted for the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 Award.  Adam, who started his swimming career at the Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter didn’t win the Award, however, being shortlisted alongside such high profile sports stars was a real achievement for the young man.   2015 has been a fantastic year for the 20-year-old who won three gold medals at the World Championships in Russia earlier in the year and holds the world record for the 50m and 100m breaststroke.  Adam is a super sportsman and we are all very proud of his amazing achievements over the past few years.  We can now look forward to his appearance in the 2016 Olympics in Rio where we hope he is the first British man for 28 years to win an Olympic swimming title.

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