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Unemployment falls in county

By Mark Andrews | Bridgnorth | News | Published:

The number of people out work in Shropshire fell by 40 last month, with new jobs being created in the retail, housing and industrial sectors.

Shropshire district saw the biggest drop in the jobless total, with the number out of work falling by 35 compared to the month before. Unemployment in the area now stands at 1,965.

In Telford & Wrekin, unemployment fell by five to 1,960.

Gareth Niblett, of Bridgnorth Job Centre welcomed the figures, saying it marked the continuation of a steady, downward trend in the number of people out of work.

"It has been a fairly consistent picture in Shropshire in the last few months, with steady, if small, drops in unemployment," he said.

"It is positive that it is heading in the right direction."

Mr Niblett said 14 new support worker posts had recently been created by Choices Housing at a new independent living complex at Bicton in Shrewsbury.

Job centre staff had also been working with Poundland, which has been recruiting 20 new part-time shop assistants for its new branch in Newport.

Cosma Casting UK has also been recruiting for a new site in Telford, while Sainsbury's in Oswestry is also recruiting for a variety of roles, having so far taken on eight new staff.

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"We are also heavily involved in planning of jobs fairs to support the Christmas seasonal recruitments," said Mr Niblett.

These include a jobs fair at Shrewsbury College on September 29, as well as a seasonal recruitment week with a different employer each day at Shrewsbury Job Centre starting September 18.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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