Jobless totals are missing people with disabilities

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Unemployment in Bolsover and Chesterfield could be higher than Government jobless figures suggest, according to Sheffield Hallam University Professor Steve Fothergill.

Prof Fothergill, National Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, issued his warning about the reliability of the figures during a conference in Chesterfield for 50 organisations that help local residents get back to work, organised by the employment charity, Shaw Trust.

He said measuring unemployment levels by counting Job Seekers Allowance claimants ignored the number of people on Incapacity Benefits, which was more significant in Chesterfield and Bolsover, where the proportion of disabled people is much higher than nationally.