Jobless toll cut in revival

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Jobless toll cut in revival

But borough 'needs government investment'

RESEARCHERS claim Doncaster is bouncing back from the recession after a fall in unemployment figures.

But business leaders are warning unless the Government backs the town's future with investment, public sector job losses could harm its recovery.

The Research group Centre for Cities said many areas were now "bouncing back" from the recession, including some cities hardest hit by job losses - naming Doncaster, Hull and Northampton as examples.

It said they saw drops of 1.2 per cent in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the past year, more than twice the UK average.

Alexandra Jones, chief executive of the Centre for Cities, said towns and cities most dependent on the public sector would find it more difficult to rebalance towards the private sector.

She said: "These cities will need realistic plans of action to ride out the spending cuts and create jobs - but they will also need additional financial support from central Government."

Doncaster Chamber of Commerce head of policy Daniel Fell said the figures cited in the Centre for Cities report were "very encouraging" for Doncaster.

He said while any recovery was still fragile, the organisation was hearing examples of increased mobility in the labour market with the financial services and manufacturing sectors showing some particularly encouraging signs.

He added businesses that export were also doing well, with the value of exports up 28 per cent compared to this time last year - the equivalent of 12m.

In some cases, manufacturers were starting to report some challenges in terms of recruiting the right staff, which Mr Fell described as a real sign that the labour market was starting to become more competitive.

He said: "We have been fortunate enough to witness an increasing amount of inward investment recently, including the arrival of Amazon; these businesses clearly recognise the opportunity represented by Doncaster's labour market, but also its unrivalled road and rail access, not to mention the Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the growing population of world-class businesses, with the likes of Pegler Yorkshire, Fellowes and Bridon - the firm that supplied the ropes to support Wembley's famous arch - all established residents of the town.

He added: "However, on a note of caution, the public sector spending cuts are yet to bite and this could have a negative impact on jobs in Doncaster.

"It is therefore essential that Government delivers the monies necessary to deliver the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme - one of the key infrastructure projects necessary for driving private sector growth in the town."

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