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Employment in Worcestershire higher than before first lockdown

Published Tuesday, 20th July 2021

Employment figures for June 2021 show that the number of people living in Worcestershire who are in employment is now above the pre-pandemic levels in February 2020.

In June 2021 there were 264,840 people in payrolled employment living in Worcestershire, 4,614 more than in May 2021 and 1,816 more than February 2020.

Worcestershire is bucking the trend nationally as the UK as a whole still has less people in employment than in February 2020.

Councillor Marc Bayliss cabinet member for Economy and Skills at Worcestershire County Council said, “This is really positive news for the people of Worcestershire and shows real resilience from the businesses in the area and the range of support provided throughout the pandemic is having an impact. We know that the past 17 months have been challenging for businesses and for those looking for work and these figures are really encouraging.

“It’s also fantastic to see that Worcestershire is one of the counties leading the way in the UK and improving on the figures from before the March 2020 lockdown.”

Worcestershire County Council and partners are continuing to support business in the county to grow their employee base through apprenticeships and the Kickstart scheme, as well as offering support for those wishing to start a business and information, business support and grants through the Worcestershire County Council website.

Businesses can find support  provided by the County Council by visiting the dedicated Business pages of the Worcestershire County Council website 

Worcestershire Jobs has information on jobs in the county, support for you if you are currently unemployed, and other careers information on the dedicated Worcestershire Jobs website.

Worcestershire Business Central Growth Hub supports organisations in Worcestershire across a range of topics. You can view their support on the Worcestershire Business Central website. 

All figures come from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK - Office for National Statistics (