The number of people employed in Hull is highest on record

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 May 2017

The number of people working in Hull is increasing faster than the national average, new figures have revealed.

Employment in the city is now the highest on record at 117,600 people. The number of people in work went up by 800 people in the three months to December, marking the sixth consecutive quarter where employment in the city has risen.

The jobs boom brings the total number of unemployed down to 9,300, which is just over seven per cent of the population.

Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council, said: "When we launched the City Plan in 2013 our key ambition was to create 7,500 jobs for local people through projects and investments.

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"I'm delighted that we are now realising our ambition, achieving the highest employment on record in the city."

The employment figures are taken from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Carried out by the Office of National Statistics, the ANS is an official survey of UK households and provides local authorities with economic data between censuses.

Data is updated quarterly, and covers a 12 month period, with the last APS covering the year from January to December 2016.

The figures come after the city has welcomed an unprecedented number of visitors during the first season of UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations. The first week alone, which featured the hugely popular Made in Hull exhibition, attracted 342,000 people into the city centre.

Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened in the city centre, with existing companies pumping millions of pounds of investment into the area to create new jobs.

Mr Jukes said: "We have seen several major companies invest in the city since then, helping to create these jobs; and we've seen hundreds of people trained through initiatives such as the Green Port Hub and Pathways to Employment."We will continue to work to ensure Hull is a place that is brimming with culture, enterprise and opportunity."

  • Monthy statistical releases by the Department for Work and Pensions are currently suspended due to entering the official campaign period for General Election 2017. 

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