PLANNED business growth developments in Staffordshire will support the creation of thousands of better-paid jobs as near full employment continues, the county’s economy leader has said.
Latest out of work claimant count figures released today show’s Staffordshire’s figure stands at just 1.2 percent of the county population, lower than both regional (2.6 percent) and national (two percent) averages.
Staffordshire’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “We can be confident that the strength of our planned economic development will deliver thousands of better-paid jobs, housing and infrastructure improvements in the coming years.
“Just last week we were explaining to international investors how Staffordshire is a prime location for future business and plays a key part in the Midlands Engine.
“We are pleased to be in a position where we have near full employment but our focus remains firmly on the creation of higher quality jobs.
“The development of projects such as the M54 Wolverhampton to Stafford High Growth Zone and the Stafford Gateway will help us to deliver the results and future prosperity for the county.”
The M54 high growth zone includes a cluster of sites such as i54 South Staffordshire and Four Ashes Park. It builds on the award-winning i54 joint venture formed by City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and South Staffordshire councils in 2012, working closely with private sector partners.
The Stafford Gateway project will see the development of employment sites, leisure facilities and housing near the town’s station as it prepares for its HS2 link. It will be supported by the Stafford Western Access Route, which is being built by the county council to enable the development of thousands of homes and reduce congestion in the town centre.