Corby in Northamptonshire lies just 23 miles north of Northampton, the county town and has a population of roughly 60,000. Known traditionally for its steel industry, the area experienced economic decline due to the decline in the steelworks towards the end of the 1970s and 1980s which led to an unemployment rate of 30%.
The employment rate has thankfully improved in Corby since then, with the establishment of an Enterprise Zone on the outskirts of Corby in various industrial parks, which still provides much of the employment in the area. In fact 36.8% of the population is employed in the manufacturing industry, which is well above the regional average of 18.5%. Much of this manufacturing is concentrated in the purpose built industrial complexes, where for example, Weetabix's Weetos are produced, Fairline Boats are made, and Amy's Kitchen products are manufactured.
Unemployment rates have significantly reduced in the past few decades despite still being above the national average. For a town which has seen more than its fair share of unemployment, however, this is still good news. Employment in the area is broadly dominated by either manufacturing or the service industry, with the opening of shopping centre Willow Place proving instrumental in the latter. Job seekers are advised to find employment in the area through the use of locally based recruitment agencies to increase their chances of securing a suitable position.