Tameside unemployment rate rises but more young people in work
Wednesday 16th August 2017 @ 15:37 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

The number of people out of work in Tameside increased over the past year, but is still down massively from 2010.

There are currently 3760 people in the borough who are on Jobseeker’s Allowance or searching for work on Universal Credit, which is 60 more than this time last year.

However, more young people in the borough are in work. The number of 18-24 year olds in work rose by 8%.

There are still a lot more people working in Tameside compared to five years ago, with unemployment in the borough falling 47% since 2012.

The figures in Tameside do not reflect the national picture; the current 75.1% employment rate is the highest since records began in 1971. The unemployment rate is also down to 4.4%, from 4.9% twelve months ago.

Of the 32.07 million people in work, 883,000 are on zero hours contracts in their main job, which is 20,000 fewer than this time last year.

Looking at the regional picture, Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, said: “It’s good news in the North West where the number of people in work is at a record high of 3.46 million. At 74.4% the employment rate is at a record high, while at 4.1% the unemployment rate in the North West is lower than the national rate of 4.4%.

“These statistics show that record levels of people are in work across the country and earning a wage, which is great news. The task now is to build on this success through Jobcentre Plus and our employment programmes so that everybody can benefit from the opportunities being created.”

In an effort to reverse the rising unemployment rate locally, Jobcentre Plus is planning for a Tameside job fair in September, working alongside Tameside Council and New Charter.

Jobcentre Plus will also be sharing more vacancies and opportunities with both the Tameside & Glossop and Pennine Care NHS trusts, after a recent campaign with the health service.

A week of recruitment days for a new Iceland food warehouse in Hyde saw 25 positions filled and Jobcentre Plus will now be focussing on retail, to make the most of seasonal jobs as Christmas approaches.