Rise in unemployment in Coventry & Warwickshire

Unemployment figures in Coventry and Warwickshire rose again – amid growing concerns among business leaders about uncertainty in the economy.

In Coventry, the figure jumped from 6,215 to 6,495 unemployed and, in Warwickshire it rose from 6,650 to 6,720 in the month of May.

Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We have a very robust and strong economy here in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The region has a huge amount to be confident about, particularly as we look to the future and some of the areas of industry that are going to become increasingly important, such as battery technology and digital, where our area is leading.

“However, there is no doubting that the uncertainty which has built up in recent times is affecting firms across the patch. It’s vital, therefore, that we get an orderly Brexit and we strike a deal with the EU which secures great trading relations with our closest marketplace.

“Once that is done, there are fundamentals within our own economy around skills, infrastructure and employment space that must be addressed in order to sustain our economic growth.”