The market town of Chorley in Lancashire, North West England, is home to just over 33,000 people.
The services industry is the main provider of jobs in this town, with 29% of these jobs being associated with public administration, education and health. Chorley is home to Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, which is a major provider of service industry jobs.
The tourism industry provides 11% of the jobs in the town while companies engaged in finance, IT and other business activities provide employment for 22% of the working population. Businesses with a presence in and around Chorley include BAE Systems, The Chorley Group, Telent, Porter Lancastrian, and Merlin Cycles.
In recent years, developments to Chorley's town centre have boosted prospects for retail workers in the area, with the Market Walk shopping centre development being one of the main providers of retail sector employment opportunities. If plans for Market Walk Phase Two are given the go-ahead, a further four shop units will be added to the existing shopping centre and recruitment agencies forecast that this will significantly boost the number of vacancies for job seekers in the town.
In 2012, the average weekly salary for full-time staff in Chorley was £459.60, just £10 less than the average for the North West. The towns unemployment rate stood at just under 6%, which was lower than the average for both the North West and Great Britain as a whole.