Unemployment in Nottingham has dropped in both the latest monthly and yearly figures, indicating good progress on Nottingham Labour’s manifesto commitment to guarantee a job, training place or further education place for every 18 to 24 year old in the city.
The figures show that a higher percentage of people have gained employment in Nottingham when compared with any of the other Core Cities in England.
In the month of October, unemployment in Nottingham fell by 2.9% and by 6% in the past 12 months. This marked the biggest fall in unemployment across the Core Cities and brought the rate of unemployment in Nottingham down to 3%.
Cities such as Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol and Leeds saw smaller reductions in unemployment, while Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle saw an unemployment increase.
The figures show that closer partnership working and integration between agencies locally such as the Job Centre, Futures and the City Council’s Nottingham Jobs team is delivering real results.
By doing things differently we are ensuring that Nottingham people have first access to local jobs and training opportunities. Grants and incentives for employers along with mentoring and support for people wanting to get into work is helping to get more Nottingham City residents into jobs and apprenticeships.
Following the commitment in our 2015 manifesto to guarantee a job, training place or further education place for every 18 to 24 year old in the city, in 2015/16, a total of 4,809 people were helped into work including 2,300 via the city’s Employer Hub and 915 via the Apprentice Hub.
Although like all cities there remain significant issues of underemployment, short term contracts and low pay, the latest employment outlook is very encouraging.
The most recent official statistics for employment in Nottingham City show that it had increased by 11% (21,800) since 2010, significantly higher than the increase in rates for the South East (6%) for England as a whole (7%).
Cllr Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills at Nottingham City Council