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19,333 Jobs in Chorley

Chorley is located in central Lancashire in the north west of England. The region is bordered by Preston to the north, Blackburn to the east, wigan to the south and Southport to the west. Liverpool and Manchester are both less than 30-minutes-drive away, while the town is also close to major national road and rail networks. The town and surrounding region have an estimated population of 118,000.

Thanks to its central location and strong transport links, many people commute out of the region for work. The local economy remains strong and varied, helping to create a good selection of jobs in and around Chorley. Keep reading to learn more about working in Chorley, including major employers in the region.

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Thanks to its central location and easy access to major northern cities, there are often a variety of employers and jobs found in Chorley and the surrounding region. There are an estimated 4,300 businesses providing jobs in the Chorley area, with a number of business parks now found here. Whilst once an important sector, manufacturing jobs in Chorley have now fallen below the national average. However, this has been offset by an increase in service sector employers in Chorley, which is now higher than the national average.

Other notable industries in the region include real estate, professional scientific and admin, all of which continue to provide jobs in Chorley and the central Lancashire region. Furthermore, thanks to excellent transport links, a growing number of people in the region are commuting to major cities such as Liverpool, Preston and Manchester for work.

There are many reasons why you should consider working in Chorley. The Lancashire region itself is beautiful, attracting approximately 60m visitors a year, more than Cumbria and the Lake District. Chorley itself has a number of attractions, with tourism accounting for roughly 8% of employers operating in Chorley. The area consistently ranks well for business and employment dynamism and opportunity, whilst average earnings in Chorley remain strong. The town centre is known for its traditional markets and independent shops.

The local economy is predominantly made up of small and medium-sized businesses. However, many different sectors can be found here, meaning the local economy is not dependent on just one industry. Wholesale and retail remain two of the biggest employers, whilst construction, professional, scientific, technical, business admin and support services also provide many jobs in Chorley. The services sector has also appeared as a growth industry in the region. However, many of the jobs in the sector are considered low paid and low skilled. The rural economy of the area is also important in terms of the number of people working in this sector in Chorley. The area has the 5th largest rural economy in Lancashire, with roughly 37% of local businesses being classed as rural.