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Jobs increase across the Black Country in 2017

The UK Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) has just released data that demonstrates an increase across the Black Country from 2016 to 2017 which means in terms of job creation the area is one of the highest-performing areas in the Country.

In the Black Country overall there are 18,000 more employees in 2017 compared to the previous year, a growth rate of 4%. This is over three times higher than the national average of 1.1% growth. The number of jobs in all four Black Country local authority areas increased at a faster rate than the national average taking the total number of Black Country jobs to 463,000.

Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive Black Country Consortium said:

“What fantastic news for the Black Country with property, construction, business & food/accommodation jobs driving the high growth. Across our local authority areas, we have seen consistent growth, higher than the national average, demonstrating that the Black Country is thriving as a place to both live and work.”

The business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) is the official source of employee and employment estimates by detailed geography and industry, you can read more here.

>>>Read more about what the BRES report means to the Black Country here.<<<

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