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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Unemployment figures decrease slightly

by Samantha Dunbar, Policy Manager for Employment & Skills
Unemployment in Greater Manchester has decreased slightly, according to figures released by the ONS today. However the overall drop in the region’s unemployment does not reflect the situation in areas such as Rochdale, where unemployment has actually risen.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Greater Manchester is now 78,003, compared with 78,314 last time figures were released – down by 1%.

For the first time since the beginning of the year, the claimant count for Greater Manchester has dropped, which will no doubt bring some cheer to residents and businesses alike. However, with the unemployment levels in Rochdale and Tameside still creeping upwards, it is important that nobody takes their eyes off the ball regarding the economy; it may still get worse before it gets significantly better.

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