Un­em­ploy­ment drops by a third in a year

Macclesfield Express - - MP IN TALKS OVER CARE HOME FUTURE - STU­ART GREER

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.”

●● Hurds­field fam­ily cen­tre

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