Unemployment in C&W Halved in Four Years

Unemployment in Coventry and Warwickshire has more than halved in four years, the latest figures show.

The claimant count dropped from 4,175 to 4,045 in Coventry in the month to December, while they fell from 3,565 to 3,550 in Warwickshire in that time period.

It’s part of a longer term trend that has seen the overall figure for the region drop from 17,655 across Coventry and Warwickshire to 7,595 since January 2013.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The general fall in unemployment is excellent news for the city and the county.

“Businesses have told us, in the main, that they want to grow and take on new people consistently and the figures over the last four years bear that out.

“Of course, the likes of Jaguar Land Rover are very well known and continue to grow and create jobs – which is wonderful news for the region.

“But we also have a thriving community of small and medium-sized businesses – from a variety of sectors – that are growing too and they must be credited for their efforts in going for growth in what have been uncertain times.

“There is still a great deal of uncertainty on a national and international scale but businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are still looking to grow.

“We know there are barriers to that – particularly around skills and employment land – on which the Chamber is working very hard to make a significant difference.

“And if, as a region, we can make sure that there is space for business to grow and to provide the necessary skills for our future workforce, there is certainly an appetite for businesses to expand and take on more people.”