Dewsbury is a town in West Yorkshire, England, lying on the River Calder, and having a population of 62,945 (2001 census.) The town is dominated by hills, and has spectacular vistas surrounding it. Historically a mill town, the town underwent redevelopment in recent times, with many closed-down mills being converted into flats. Today, Dewsbury is a popular commuter town on the Huddersfield railway line, and in close proximity to the M1 and M62 motorways.
People living in Dewsbury enjoy a high quality of life. The Dewsbury market is the busiest in Yorkshire and has won the award of "Britain's Best Market". The cost of living is moderate. Eating out is likely to cost £10 on average, a half-litre of beer costs £2.71, and a litre of petrol costs £1.37. The housing rates are amongst the lowest in all England.
Dewsbury Job Opportunities
An abundance of both full-time jobs and part-time jobs are available in Dewsbury. Opportunities exist in IT jobs, support services, manufacturing, healthcare jobs, and retail. Some high end managerial jobs are also available. Many among the town's populace work in Leeds and Bradford, both 8 miles away.
The largest employer in Dewsbury is Carlton Cards. The other major establishments in town that offer jobs in Dewsbury include large retailers such as Matalan, Next, and Sainsbury's, besides several other retail stores. The region also has several bed manufacturing units.
Dewsbury Employment Outlook
The employment outlook in Dewsbury is positive, and unemployment figures have fallen in recent times. According to the Office of National Statistics, Dewsbury has 5.8% of the male population and 2.8% of the female population, together comprising of 2,975 people claiming unemployment benefits. The rate of unemployment in the greater Yorkshire region is 8.4%, which is close to the national average. In 2014-5, the average pay has outstripped consumer inflation for the first time in previous four years.