In the town of Castleford, within the borough of Wakefield, health, manufacturing and retail count for the largest proportion of industry today. It was once a hotbed for mining, like many towns in the north of England, before the industry's fall in the Eighties.
The closing of the collieries led to a lack of employment opportunities for men, however the town has recovered well in recent years, with job adverts littering recruitment agencies looking for staff once again.
It is now the service sectors which have grown in this West Yorkshire town. Credit can be given to the opening of the Junction 32 Outlet Village, which brings shoppers from afar. The Glasshoughton business park close by is a base for many workers and firms, while Nestle and high end clothing designer Burberry have factories in Castleford.
The average weekly wage comes in at £440 a week, well below the national average. Employment rates are almost on a par with the national average. Only 18.9% of the population are educated to level NVQ or above, which is below the average of the UK by about 15%.
Castleford is close to the M62, providing excellent commuting opportunities for residents getting to work in bigger cities, such as Leeds, Bradford and Manchester.