The jobs market in St Helens is currently on a steady and sustainable footing, the government department responsible for employment has said.
The latest labour market statistics show there is no change in the number of residents claiming out-of-work benefits compared to 12 months ago.
Altogether there were 3,135 unemployed people needing assistance in February, with 710 jobseekers aged 18 to 24.
The figure for young people represents a two per cent decrease from February 2017 and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) described the overall picture as satisfactory.
Clive Morris, a DWP spokesman for Merseyside, said: "This is still a good steady position showing some sustainability, which is really positive news."
Jobcentre Plus staff in St Helens have recently been working with colleges and the chamber of commerce to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to young people considering their options.
This was building on work done during National Apprenticeship Week recently.
Mr Morris said: "It was about giving people a flavour of what activity is going on.
"Apprenticeships are always worth a push from our point of view. They really do give a lot of people a lot of good opportunities.
"They offer a different route into quite a wide range of jobs."
The care and health sector is also working with the DWP locally to address the growing demand for employees in St Helens.
Despite the mixed headlines emerging from the high street retailers are also continuing to approach the Jobcentre Plus in St Helens looking to fill vacancies and recruit more staff for the year ahead.