UNEMPLOYMENT in Chester has fallen over the past 12 months but there are concerns many people finding work are taking low-skilled and temporary jobs.
Across the North West, the number of people unemployed has increased but Chester has bucked that trend with 445 fewer people out of work.
New unemployment figures show there are more people in work in Chester now than this time last year with 1,378 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
Chester MP Stephen Mosley said: “This is more good news for our city and for the country as a whole.
“It shows we are moving in the right direction, with Chester residents directly benefiting as our economy heals.
“In the last year we have seen unemployment fall to one of the lowest levels in the country, we have seen a record number of new businesses start-up in our city, and the number of apprenticeships for our young people has tripled.
“This Government is on the side of hard-working people. As our economy heals, those who work hard and do the right thing will benefit. While there is still a long way to go, these are all positive signs that suggest the UK economy is turning a corner.”
But Chris Matheson, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Chester, said he welcomed the fact more people were in work but was concerned about the type of jobs available.
He said: “Any fall in unemployment locally should be welcomed, as I believe it is better for people to be in work than unemployed. Although I see across our region the jobless rate is up.
“More worrying is that the number of long-term and youth unemployed continues to rise, and the number of people in part-time and temporary work is also growing. Over half the jobs created since 2010 are temporary.
“Families can’t plan for the future, or get a mortgage with a temporary or part-time job.
“Chester needs real skilled and secure jobs if local families are to return to the prosperity and security we once knew.”
The Office for National Statistics says there are 2,591 jobs within five miles of the city and 80,000 more people across the country found work in the last three months.