FOR the first time in years unemployment figures in St Helens are falling faster than anywhere across the North West.
Figures released this week showed that 69.6 per cent of people of working age are in employment, a rise of 4 per cent.
Across the region that figure is 68.4 per cent, a rise of just 0.6 per cent.
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration and housing, said: “What we are seeing is the fruits of years of hard work by this council in putting forward job boosting strategies. This foresight is now reaping the rewards and St Helens is seeing an upward turn in employment - better than any other borough in the North West.
“This is a remarkable achievement given that government cuts to public services and a general downturn in funding has had an impact on employment nationally.”