Unemployment drops by a third in a year
UNEMPLOYMENT in the town has fallen by more than third since last year, new figures reveal.
During September 839 people in Macclesfield claimed Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA), compared to 1,297 in Septem- ber 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.
This equates to a drop of 35 per cent.
It means only 1.4 per cent of the working-age population of the town is out of work, compared with regional figures for the north west (2.4pc) and national figures (2.2pc).
The drop has been wel- comed by the town’s MP David Rutley.
He said: “This is positive news for Macclesfield. It is also important to look at youth unemployment, which has seen a slightly bigger fall. This is absolutely vital for people and their families. One reason for decrease is that Macclesfield is a really good place to work and employ- ers are thinking ahead and making the most of opportunities in home and overseas markets. But there is still more work to be done.”
Coun Lesley Smetham, cabinet member for strategic outcomes, said: “If unemployment figures are returning to previously low figures, that is good news. Cheshire East Coun- cil is working hard on encouraging provision of jobs. The Local Enterprise Partnership has provision of jobs high on the agenda for the north west. It is also one of the aims of our Local Plan that is just undergoing examination in public. For example, connectivity to improve travelling time is a key requirement to bring in more businesses. HS2 will also be beneficial in that respect.
“Much time and effort has gone into recovering the position at Alderley Park and the signs are very good for a prosperous future for the bio-science hub, in conjunction with partners, and for more jobs there and at the Hurdsfield site.”
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