County laying foundations for new jobs as it maintains near full employment

Major growth projects which will begin in Staffordshire in the coming weeks will support the creation of thousands of jobs as the county maintains a position of having near full employment.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said projects such as the extension of i54 South Staffordshire and the Stafford Western Access Route would boost economic growth and help to create more employment opportunities. Both are due to begin at the end of this month.

Figures released today show that just 1.7 per cent of people in Staffordshire are claiming out-of-work benefits, lower than both regional (3.4 per cent) and national (2.7 per cent) averages.

Mark added: “We are set to begin two more major developments which will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs and support Staffordshire’s continued economic growth.

“The county is in a strong position with near full employment and our focus is now to ensure that new jobs are better paid and better skilled. We are working with the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and further education partners to ensure our residents can make the most of new opportunities.

“I54 South Staffordshire is a real success story and has a current workforce of 2,700 people. We anticipate the extension will lead to another 1,700 jobs on site and lever in up to £300million investment.

“The Stafford Western Access Route will enable millions of pounds worth of development to take place, including thousands of new homes and commercial buildings as part of the Stafford Gateway scheme.

“This is an exciting time for the county and is further demonstration that we are a leading location to invest and to work.”

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