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Business leaders welcome 'modest' fall in the claimant count

Business leaders have welcomed a small dip in the claimant count across Coventry and Warwickshire after several months of increases.

Business leaders welcome 'modest' fall in the claimant count

In the month to May in Coventry, the figure fell from 4,715 to 4,700 and, in Warwickshire, it fell from 5,835 to 5,775.

Louise Bennett, the chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said the fall was modest but was an improvement on recent figures.

She said: “We are monitoring the situation closely and it is pleasing that the figure has fallen, although only modestly.

“We have recognised that there is an issue that businesses want to expand and take on more staff but are struggling to find the skills they need.

“This is not a problem that is unique to Coventry and Warwickshire – the British Chambers of Commerce recognises that it is an issue of national concern but it is certainly one we are suffering from chronically in this region.

“We have worked locally, through our branch network, to try to help businesses come up with solutions to the problem by growing their own through apprenticeships or through attracting people into the workplace who may have previously seen barriers to finding employment.

“In some areas, we are working with specific sectors – such as hospitality in the south of Warwickshire – to try to find a tailored solution by encouraging schools and colleges to showcase the sector as a career path, which has the support of the local MP.

“While we cannot solve the whole issue, we realise we can help businesses across the area to mitigate it. We are also helping businesses to promote employment opportunities through our website – again to ensure no stone is left unturned in getting more people into work and helping businesses to grow.”

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