Big companies in Weston-super-Mare praised as unemployment hits all-time low
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 April 2017
The latest job statistics put unemployment at an all-time low in North Somerset, as big projects such as Dolphin Square and Hinkley Point C are hailed for their impact on the district.
Large employers in the care sector and Weston College’s work with the town’s Job Centre to help people gain employability skills has also been praised by JobCentre Plus manager Rob Evans.
Across the South West there is a record high of 2.76 million people in work, meaning 78.8 per cent of people are employed.
In North Somerset, just 315 people claimed job-seeker’s allowance in March, 68 per cent less than five years ago and 63 per cent less than in 2010.
Mr Evans told the Mercury: “I think the fact the employment rate has gone up and is at a record high suggests the jobs are out there.”
He said it is easy for people to underestimate the impact of big projects such as Hinkley Point C.
He also said Weston-super-Mare JobCentre is focusing on ensuring people have the right skills to fill upcoming vacancies at the new leisure complex at Dolphin Square, which will include restaurants, a cinema and a gym, and praised Weston College’s work with the JobCentre to target employment gaps with its courses.
Mr Evans added: “There is also a lot of care work in North Somerset and we work very closely with Alliance Care in Weston.
“There aren’t enough carers and that’s one area we are trying to make attractive to young people and show there are lots of different types of care work.”
Minister for employment Damian Hinds said: “There’s good news in the South West where there are a record high of 2.76 million people in work and a record employment rate of 78.8 per cent – well above the national rate of 74.6 per cent.
“The employment rate for women is also at a joint record high of 74.1 per cent.”