Stoke-on-Trent unemployment reaches second lowest level in last decade

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Stoke-on-Trent has seen unemployment levels plummet to its second lowest level in 10 years.

The number of people out of work has dropped to 7,400, just behind the 7,000 figure recorded at the end of 2015.

Unemployment levels shrinking comes as just one success for Stoke, after the city has also seen its economic activity peak to its second highest level since 2004.

Cllr Dave Conway, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Stoke-on-Trent is a city moving in the right direction and the news around unemployment being at its second lowest level in more than 10 years is another clear sign of that.

“We are working very hard to secure investment in our city and create the right conditions for businesses to thrive and fulfil their growth potential and our efforts are now paying off.”

The positive results for the city come after a number of city council’s investments.

In the last 12 months, 500 jobs have been created at Two Smithfield by WaterPlus, following a joint enterprise between Severn Trent Water and United Utilities.

A further 1,000 jobs have been secured at the UK’s Government-backed Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.

A £10 million expansion has seen 80 jobs created at Stoke-on-Trent’s Michelin site, and 120 new jobs have been created after Trentham Lakes welcomed the arrival of global giant Amazon logistics.

A national study by law firm Irwin Mitchell in October placed Stoke as the fourth highest rate for job creation across the whole UK, being beaten marginally by Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Liverpool.

Cllr Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “These figures are really encouraging and support the work we are doing to create jobs in our city.”

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