Un­em­ploy­ment falls as town bucks jobs trend

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

UN­EM­PLOY­MENT in Mac­cles­field is at its low­est for 10 years – buck­ing the na­tional trend.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS) show 521 peo­ple claimed Job­seeker’s Al­lowance (JSA) in June.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod last year un­em­ploy­ment was at 956.

This is a sig­nif­i­cant fall from the height of the re­ces­sion in 2009 when un­em­ploy­ment was at 1,700.

There is also more good news for the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers.

The num­ber of young peo­ple, which in­cludes those aged 18-24, claim- ing sup­port has plum­meted to 55.

At the same time last year 200 young peo­ple were claim­ing JSA.

The na­tional UK un­em­ploy­ment to­tal rose for the first time in two years by 7,000 to 804,200.

Andy Simp­son, man­ager of Job­cen­tre Plus in Mac­cles­field, said Mac­cles­field was buck­ing the trend.

He said: “This is very good news for the town and I ex­pect fig­ures to drop fur­ther still next month.

“Par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing is the fall in youth un­em­ploy­ment.”

Mr Simp­son cred­its the fall to the ef­forts of his staff and prac­tices to help peo­ple get back to work.

He said: “While we are helped by the gen­eral econ­omy we have been work­ing hard try­ing to get peo­ple jobs, train­ing or work ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ev­ery­one look­ing for work is as­signed a work coach to help them un­der­stand their val­ues and over­come the things that pre­vent them find­ing work.

“We have brought busi­nesses to the job cen­tre and of­fer our fa­cil­i­ties to em­ploy­ers to use.

“We have sup­ported peo­ple’s busi­ness ideas and en­cour­aged them to con­sider self-em­ploy­ment as an op­tion.”

The fig­ures have been wel­comed by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley who said: “It’s great to see un­em­ploy­ment fall­ing in Mac­cles­field so that it is 40 per cent lower than in 2010.

“I am grate­ful for the hard work of lo­cal busi­nesses and their em­ploy­ees that made this pos­si­ble.

“The fall in youth un­em­ploy­ment is par­tic­u­larly good to hear about.”

The ONS also showed that pace of pay rises con­tin­ued to pick up.

Av­er­age weekly earn­ings in­clud­ing bonuses rose at an an­nual pace of 3.2 per cent in the latest three-month pe­riod, the fastest rate in five years.

Pay ex­clud­ing bonuses rose by 2.8 per cent, the fastest rate since 2009.

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Oliver Walker, four, and Ewan Shields, three, in the bee friendly gar­den at Mac­cles­field Day Nurs­ery

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