Barnsley job figures ‘at best level since 2005’

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Barnsley’s employment figures are at their best level for almost a decade – with business leaders hopeful the town is coming out of recession.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the town’s employee job count is at its highest level since 2005.

The survey, which covers the period September 2012 to September 2013, shows there are 73,800 jobs in Barnsley, of which 49,500 are full-time and 24,300 are part-time.

Much of the town’s employment is reliant on the public sector, which provides almost one-quarter of the town’s jobs.

During the 12-month period, the amount of jobs in the borough has increased by 6.2 percent – around 4,300 employees – which is higher than the 1.6 per cent increase recorded nationally.

Ged Shields, chairman of Barnsley Economic Partnership, said “The results are really encouraging and prove the benefit of private business working with Barnsley Council to strengthen the local economy.

“Barnsley businesses are committed to making a real difference to the borough, and there’s no better way we can help than creating good jobs.”

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “This rapid growth of full time and private sector jobs is in part thanks to the continued hard work of Barnsley Council and the Barnsley Economic Partnership, along with Enterprising Barnsley.

“This in turn assists the local economy to move away from its reliance on the public sector.”