Hotel openings help lower unemployment

Exterior of the new Premier Inn, Harrogate Street, Wigan
Exterior of the new Premier Inn, Harrogate Street, Wigan

UNEMPLOYMENT figures have once again dropped in Wigan.

There are currently 5,318 claimants in the borough; 1,309 lower than this time last year.

Experts say the rise in the number of job opportunities in may sectors have helped with the decrease of those unemployed.

One area in particular is the hotel industry with the likes of the town centre’s Premier Inn opening recently.

Ian Mitchell, employment and partnership manager for Job Centre Plus, said: “This is a massive reduction for Wigan.

“This month we are including universal credit claimants too so it is very impressive to still see a 20 per cent reduction.

“The national message is we are seeing another good set of figures. More people are in employment.

“It’s very positive stuff, fewer people are out of work and looking for a job.

What has been pleasing for job centre bosses is the variety of jobs being taken up.

“It’s very much a cross-sector thing in Wigan,” added Mr Mitchell.

“We are seeing job opportunities across a number of sectors and industries.

“There’s been a particular increase in hospitality jobs thatnks to the hotel opening and with three more to come in the near future, it will get better there too.

“We also have ongoing work with the care sectorand we are trying to find workers for our work acdemies.

“This would see people go through work experience followed by a guaranteed interview,

“There has also been a rise in small-medium sized call centres in the area with another one moving in in the next six months and that will open positions for 40 members of staff.”