A high number of jobs in Stroud are based in small manufacturing or light industrial units that still occupy the nineteenth century mills which are a feature to the town. Like much of this part of Gloucestershire, unemployment is relatively low and better than the national average. Because much of the surrounding area is rural, there are agricultural job opportunities for town dwellers. Nonetheless, Stroud's economy is firmly in the twenty-first century with many businesses operating in it that are reliant on the internet and other forms of modern communications to reach national, and even global, markets.
Stroud Job Opportunities
Well over a quarter of the jobs in Stroud are in the manufacturing sector. However, public administration jobs are not far behind, in terms of numbers. Banking and finance sector jobs make up around a tenth of the employment opportunities on offer and there are also a number of construction, distribution and communications jobs on offer at any one time. In the heart of the Cotswolds, there are also some opportunities of seasonal and full-time leisure and tourism jobs . One of the town's most important new employer is Ecotricity, the green energy company, which has seen some major growth in recent years.
Stroud Employment Trends
Much of the centre of Stroud is devoted to retail and the town is a hub for surrounding villages that are close by to it. In 2009, local retailers launched the so-called Stroud Pound, to encourage shoppers to spend in the town. As such, retail jobs are usually on offer in the town. Recent funding has been secured to upgrade one of Stroud's rail routes which, along with the launch of a new skill centre at a nearby power station, means that engineering jobs are very on trend at the moment with plenty of job creation expected in the next few years. Stroud Town Council and District Council are both based in the town, so opportunities can be found for those seeking public sector employment.