Unemployment figures in Watford have dropped by over 1,100 since February 2021 according to latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of people receiving unemployment benefit reached a peak of 4,400 in February this year but has fallen every month since and now stands at 3275.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, has welcomed the fall and said “It is great to see unemployment rates decreasing in Watford. We all know how important it is to make sure there are jobs for local people. The pandemic has been tough for so many businesses and I know that lots of people have been working flat-out just to keep their heads above water.
“Throughout the pandemic we have prioritised business and jobs through a number of council initiatives. We launched the UK’s first WhatsApp High Street, provided advice to numerous businesses during covid, paid over £6m to businesses and individuals in support grants, funded support for new and existing businesses to fund new websites and training and launched a high-profile ‘shop local’ campaign.
“Evidence shows we are already bouncing back and Watford is well on its way to being a thriving town once again. I’m determined to continue to work with local businesses so that we create more jobs and opportunities for everyone in Watford.”
Claimant count figures by ward 2015 – August 2021 here