Near full employment is continuing in Staffordshire as major economic development projects continue to progress.
Latest figures issued today show that 1.3 per cent of the local working age population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages. The Staffordshire figure has remained the same for the last three months.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said milestones in economic growth development projects signalled more business investment and new employment opportunities.
The latest infrastructure project completed by the county council is at Branston Locks near Burton. It has involved realigning a road and building a new canal bridge, paving the way for a multi-million pound business, housing and leisure development. Around 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 will be developed with 2,500 new homes, a range of community facilities and a 50-acre employment site. The project has been funded through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
Development is also continuing at pace at other employment sites including i54 South Staffordshire, Four Ashes Business Park and Kingswood Lakeside.
It is pleasing to see such great progress at our key development sites because ultimately this will lead to more employment opportunities for Staffordshire people. Many of the sites we have helped to develop are either fully occupied or nearly fully occupied.
The Branston Locks project is hugely significant as it is unlocking an extensive multi-million pound development which will create hundreds of jobs and support Burton’s economic growth. We will now remain focused on ensuring the jobs that are created are better skilled and better paid – meaning Staffordshire’s prosperity will continue to grow.”