Leytonstone is a borough of Greater London which is located in the north east of the city. It is only seven miles from the centre of the capital, and it has borders with both Walthamstow and Epping Forest.
Although Leytonstone received a much-needed boost from the 2012 Olympic Games, the area as a whole has always been one of London's unemployment black spots. In fact, according to official statistics from Nomis the percentage of residents claiming jobseeker's allowance in January of 2013 was well over five percent - markedly more than the national average. The most common occupations in the area include management, administration and technical services.
Leytonstone has a vibrant retail sector that employs hundreds of local people. The borough's high street is always a hive of activity, and the Leytonstone market is a very important part of the local economy. The area has a large Tesco store and other major chains including Boots and Primark are also significant employers. The borough is also home to several accountancy and law firms, but many residents travel into central London for more lucrative opportunities. Leytonstone's employment opportunities are relatively limited when compared with the rest of London, but local recruitment agencies are always recruiting for retail and administrative staff in particular.