I was really pleased to see the latest unemployment figures in the UK fall by 9,000 in the 3 months to September, leaving unemployment unchanged at 2.45 million.
Even better news is that Bristol’s average unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country at 3.5%. The worst places to find a job at the moment are Birmingham with 10% unemployment and Middlesbrough with 8.5%. The national average is 7.7% so Bristol is faring well.
I am under no illusion however, the recovery is very sluggish and the impact of public sector cuts will not be fully understood for some time yet. However, we seem to be bucking the trend at Lucy Bristow Appointments as we have seen a marked increase in permanent vacancies in the last quarter. This is across all sectors of commercial enterprises in Bristol, Gloucestershire & the South West.