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.”
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