Fig­ures are good news for job seek­ers


EM­PLOY­MENT is on the up in Mac­cles­field due to bet­ter links with em­ploy­ers and skills ses­sions for job seek­ers.

The lat­est labour mar­ket fig­ures which were an­nounced to­day (Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 16), show that the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple in Mac­cles­field re­mains rel­a­tively un­changed, al­though there has been a slight rise on last year - but the num­ber is gen­er­ally de­creas­ing.

There are 730 peo­ple claim­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits in Mac­cles­field - so ei­ther job seek­ers al­lowance or those out of work on univer­sal credit. This is five more peo­ple than this time last year but is 42 per cent down - or 538 fewer peo­ple - on the 2010 fig­ures.

And it’s good news for the next gen­er­a­tion too. Out of the 730 job seek­ers, 165 of them are be­tween 18 and 24 years old.

This time last year there were five more young job seek­ers, so 170, so the num­ber has come down by about 3pc. Since 2010, youth un­em­ploy­ment has come down by 53 pc. In that year there were 185 more young job seek­ers.

Deb­bie Wash­ing­ton, JobCen­tre Plus’s district part­ner­ship man­ager for Cheshire, said: “The num­ber of job seek­ers has gone up by five peo­ple but it’s not a vast in­crease.

“Gen­er­ally the pic­ture is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. It’s com­ing down and down.

“We al­ways keep an eye on youth un­em­ploy­ment and it’s good news for young peo­ple too. There is a sim­i­lar pic­ture in Cheshire East too.”

Deb­bie said the main sec­tors with va­can­cies in Cheshire East are lo­gis­tics and ware­hous­ing, care, re­tail, call cen­tres and hos­pi­tal­ity.

She said that em­ploy­ment is be­ing helped by bet­ter work­ing be­tween JobCen­tre and em­ploy­ers.

She said: “At Mac­cles­field we’re re­cruit­ing for Fra­grance Di­rect who set up a desk in the of­fice and we can do this for other em­ploy­ers.

“Also when there is an em­ployer with jobs we work with train­ing providers to put peo­ple on a course re­lated to the sec­tor so they are guar­an­teed an in­ter­view and then it’s up to them to shine. We’re do­ing this with the Co-op now. It’s about work­ing closely with our part­ners and mak­ing sure job seek­ers have the right skills.”

Fol­low @jcpincheshire on Twit­ter for jobs and train­ing. Em­ploy­ers who want to use desks in the JobCen­tre can con­tact 01625 603809. A 40FT ship­ping con­tainer dropped into the cen­tre of Mac­cles­field has at­tracted hun­dreds of vis­i­tors.

The pop-up art ex­hi­bi­tion - which houses a minia­ture de­pic­tion of a post-riot land­scape viewed through spy-holes – took up res­i­dence in Ex­change Square car park thanks to a suc­cess­ful crowd-fund­ing ap­peal.

It’s been cre­ated by artist and for­mer KLF star Jimmy Cauty, and is tour­ing the UK as part of the ‘ADP Riot Tour’.

It was of­fi­cially opened with a bot­tle of RedWil­low beer by Mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun Alift Hare­wood, with artist Jimmy also wel­com­ing the crowd.

Mac­cles­field Artspace drum­mers per­formed us­ing old white goods which rep­re­sented the mech­a­ni­sa­tion of so­ci­ety which in­censed Mac­cles­field ri­ot­ers of 1812. And a pam­phlet writ­ten by lo­cal poet Ailsa Hol­land was also dis­trib­uted telling the his­tory.

Or­gan­iser Jane Munro, said: “This has been a re­ally fan­tas­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion, with ev­ery­one get­ting be­hind us from the Coun­cil High­ways and Car Parks di­vi­sion, to vol­un­teers young and old who have given their time and re­sources freely, and in such high spir­its. “The level of re­sponse has been amaz­ing. I think it’s been a hugely pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the town and a great way to cel­e­brate our his­tory.”

Pics by An­thony Mul­ryan & Fiona Bai­ley

Artist Jimmy Cauty and poet Ailsa Hol­land, right, Car­rie Cop­son en­joyes the ex­hi­bi­tion with Mayor Alift Hare­wood-Jones and con­sort Peter Jones

Chil­dren view the post-riot land­scape through spy­holes

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