Concern voiced as job vacancies hit new high in Peterborough despite falling unemployment

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Business leaders call for action to fill jobs vacancies

The number of people without jobs in Peterborough is continuing to fall, according to new figures – but city employers are still struggling to fill a record number of vacancies.

The contradiction of rising employment and record vacancies is already setting off alarm bells for business leaders who fear it could slow economic growth.

Jobcentre staff have even begun to host an average of two jobs fairs a week as they battle to help recruit the staff desperately needed across all sectors of industry

Figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of people in Peterborough claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen to 6,156 people during the 12 months to last May from 9,726 – a fall of 37 per cent.

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