The prospects for people seeking work in Rugby are continuing to improve.
The Department of Work and Pensions says the borough is a “real success story” and expects the situation to continue to get better in the next 12 months.
The new retail park is coming in the autumn and we are already starting to have conversions with Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and MatalanLynda Ward from the DWP in Rugby
The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit Unemployment is down by 0.6 per cent, slightly below the national average, to 924.
Within a five mile radius there are more than 4,000 jobs are available on the ‘universal job match’ system with 1,400 being added in the last seven days.
Lynda Ward from the DWP in Rugby said: “The new retail park is coming in the autumn and we are already starting to have conversions with Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Matalan.
“The logistics sector is booming and Sainsbury’s will be the biggest distribution centre in England bringing hundreds of new jobs.
“The reduction in unemployed reflects the whole of Warwickshire and is slightly better than the figure for the West Midlands.
“The time people are spending with looking for work is decreasing which is partly due the the work our coaches do with people, helping them with their individual needs whether it be training or help with job applications.
“There are small pockets of high unemployment but the south and parts of the north of Warwickshire are doing very well.
“It is the retail sector where Rugby excels which bucks the national trend while in addition to care and driving sectors, which are always strong, a number of engineering positions are also becoming available. There is also an encouraging increase in number of full-time vacancies but still a mix for people who need as part time role. Warehouse and driving sectors are strong particularly in Rugby due to its strong motorway links.
“But there is a skills gap for LGV driving and we are working with partners to train people from scratch or move up from driving smaller vehicles.
“We are looking at the best way to deal with it. There are vacancies and with the arrival of Sainsburys that is only going to increase.”
How Rugby matches up on the job front:
The figure of total claimants in working age claimant group for Rugby is 4,260, which includes JobSeekers, Employment Support Allowance, lone parents, carers and other income related benefits.
This is 6.8 per cent of the resident population and compares to West Midlands at 11.2 per cent and National 10.2 per cent .
For Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit in Rugby there are 924 claimants.
This is 1.5 per cent of working age population and compares favourably to West Midlands which is 83,900 and three per cent (UK is 2.4 per cent).