The number of people unemployed in Wiltshire is at its lowest since 2004, according to a report presented to Wiltshire Council cabinet members today (15 Dec 2015).
For the second quarter of the year, the number of Wiltshire residents claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) was fewer than 1,900 – just 0.7 percent of the working age population in the county.
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic development and skills, said: “It’s encouraging to see our JSA figures continuing to head in the right direction. We have one of the highest levels of employment in the country, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure our local economy is thriving by encouraging further investment.
“We will keep working hard alongside partners including the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the local business community to drive further growth in the county.”
Latest figures show Wiltshire’s employment rate is stable having risen to just under 80 percent for the 12 months ending June 2015. This is a return towards the peak levels achieved in 2009 and is 2.5 percent above the regional average and 6.5 percent above the national average.