Coventry has been highlighted in a government report for the way it has helped more local people find work.
The Employment Rate is said to be the clearest indicator of the strength of the labour market.
Over the past five years the number of working age people in employment has risen by 16.5%, by far the largest increase in the region.
In a report by the Department for Work and Pensions, the city is said to have seen ‘extraordinary growth in its Employment Rate ‘.
Coventry’s success has been boosted by the expansion and arrival of a number of companies to the city, including the Amazon Distribution Centre, which has provided 1650 jobs.
AVL has also created 100 local jobs at Ansty Business Park and companies including Sitel and LG Electronics have located and expanded within the city.
And the West Midlands has also seen strong growth, with the largest increase in the Employment Rate of any region in the country.
Figures show Coventry has 234,800 people of working age and 164,900 of those are in work – an employment rate of 70.2%.
In the past year an extra 4,800 people have gone into employment – and an extra 23,300 over the past five years.
The city has the third-highest level of average pay in the West Midlands region at £23,055. The average pay rate of full time workers in Coventry has also increased by more than the West Midlands and England averages.
Coventry has also seen a rise in the number of disabled people in work and the number of older workers aged over 50.
The figures have been welcomed by Cllr Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration who said: “As a city we have a jobs strategy that is looking to secure job opportunities through investment.
“We aim to create a city that is attractive to companies and investors who see it as a place they can grow and prosper – and they will in turn create jobs for local people and help Coventry to flourish.
“We know that employment brings many benefits, including better health and wellbeing and improved quality of life. It also creates a healthier, happier and more prosperous city.
“As well as attracting these jobs, we need to continue our work with local schools, colleges, universities, training providers and businesses to ensure that people are equipped with the skills they need to find employment.
“We are very proud of the progress we have made and its no surprise to me that the five year improvement fits so perfectly with the work our Job Shop has led on for the last five years. But we know there is more to do. Our aim is to continue this progress and give every Coventry person who wants a job the opportunity to secure one that matches their skills.”
The Job Shop in the city centre works with companies relocating to the city or looking to expand their workforce and it supports local people in their search for employment, training, apprenticeships and work placements.
It has a wide range of local vacancies that are updated daily and the skilled team offers help in areas such as training, CV writing, support with transport costs and all things work-related.
The Council is also looking to increase the number of apprentices in the city and works with developers and new businesses to ensure apprenticeships are made available.
To find out more about the Job Shop, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 024 7678 5740.