Unemployment has dropped in Wolverhampton.

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The Job Seekers Allowance claimant count fell by 154 in March, to 6,311 or 4%.

Youth unemployment latest figures show 1,290 claimants aged 18 to 24. This represents a large decrease of 125 claimants from the previous month. The Youth unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4%.

Tim Johnson, City of Wolverhampton Council Strategic Director for Place, said: "The Council's Skills team through leading on the Wolverhampton Employability Partnership has strengthened connectivity with key stakeholders, training providers and DWP to maximise the opportunity for unemployed jobseekers to access new vacancies.

"Regeneration of the city is seeing new businesses arrive - supplying further job opportunities.

"A prime example of this is in the new i10 commercial building, where the likes of Greene King and Superdrug have opened outlets and companies like Ovivo and Countryside are set to move into the office space.

"The growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the city is flourishing, highlighted by recent recruitment drives for jobs at Air Space, Casino 36 and Slater's Craft Beer Bar.

"Global enterprises based in Wolverhampton such as JLR and Marston's are also expanding and taking on more staff."

  • released: Wednesday 20 April, 2016