BARNSLEY is coming out of the recession, according to the council.

Newly-released figures show the town's employee job count is at its highest level since 2005. The news is very positive, with figures suggesting that from a jobs point of view, the recovery from the last recession is well underway.

The figures, which covers September 2012 to September 2013, shows that there are 73,800 jobs in Barnsley, of which 49,500 (67.1 per cent) are full-time and 24,300 (32.9 per cent) are part-time.

It reveals that during that period of time, the amount of jobs in the borough has increased by 6.2 per cent - some 4,300 employees - which is higher than the increase reported at both a regional and national level.

Ged Shields, chair of Barnsley Economic Partnership, said: "The results are really encouraging and prove the benefit of private business working with Barnsley Council to strengthen the local economy.

"The growth in private sector jobs will ensure Barnsley's economy is stronger, and together we can feel more confident about the future for our borough."