Wirral employment up as retail and distribution drive jobs boom


Employment rates in the Wirral have hit a record high, new figures released by the local Jobcentre Plus there have revealed.

Mirroring a trend being seen in many other parts of the country, these new statistics show that, while the number of people finding paid jobs continues to creep up, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits has been dropping slightly.

More specifically, the data released by the figures compiled by the National Office of Statistics (ONS) and released by the Wigan Jobcentre Plus show that there were three times as many people claiming jobseeker's allowance three years ago when compared with today.

This is mainly due to the marked increase in the number of jobs being created and filled in the north-west town, with certain sectors in particular helping drive the positive trend.

Retail and distribution sectors driving recruitment

"Some of the biggest areas of growth have been in the retail sector. That seems to have increased a lot recently," the Jobcentre Plus spokesman Steve Dillon told the local Evening Post newspaper.

“We’re obviously hopeful for the future in that area too with the new Poundland warehouse in Bryn set to create 800 jobs as well.

“We’ve also seen openings in distribution too, which have contributed to the figures.”

At the same time, these latest figures also show that youth unemployment has been a particular area of success, with the number of 18-to-24-year-olds in paid work rising significantly over the past couple of years.

Most notably, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme has been praised with helping young jobseekers into work, with young women as well as young men managing to find employment in the construction sector through the initiative.





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