More people at work in Warrington as employment rate rises

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HUNDREDS more workers joined the company’s payroll in Warrington between May and June, new figures reveal.

The increase in people in employment was in fact the largest monthly increase since the start of the Covid pandemic.

A jump in the number of salaried workers across the UK shows businesses took on more people after the reopening of indoor hospitality and before restrictions were lifted for good on July 19.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was a sign the country was “rebounding”, but business leaders warned of a staff shortage.

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that around 99,600 people were on business payrolls in June.

It was 666 more people than in May and the biggest monthly jump in the 16-month period from February last year – the month before the UK was plunged into its first lockdown of Covid-19.

However, the June figure was still 1,180 lower than the number of employees at Warrington in February last year.

Across the UK, there was an increase of 356,000 salaried workers between May and June – a record since the start of the pandemic.

However, the total number of people on the payroll – 28.9 million people – was still 206,000 down in February 2020.

Experts say the numbers were driven by a hotel sector buoyed by the easing of restrictions in May and allowing indoor rooms to open for groups of up to six people.

Darren Morgan, Director of Economic Statistics Development at the ONS, said: “The labor market continues to recover, with the number of salaried employees rising strongly again in June.

“However, it is still down from pre-pandemic levels, while large numbers of workers remain furloughed.”

Mr Sunak said he looked forward to more people returning to work thanks to a continued “rebound” in the economy.

He added: “We’re bouncing back – the number of employees on payroll is at its highest level since last April and the number of people on furlough has halved in the three months to May.”

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