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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Unemployment figures rise slightly in Greater Manchester

by Samantha Dunbar, Policy Manager for Employment & Skills

Unemployment in Greater Manchester risen slightly, according to figures released yesterday (12 August).

Overall unemployment for Greater Manchester has risen by 0.1% with the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in the region rising to 79,292 compared with 78,003 last time figures were released.

The increase in people claiming job seekers allowance is disappointing news and shows that the Greater Manchester job market continues to be challenging. The data also suggests that despite gradual signs of recovery this continues to be a difficult time for many local businesses in what experts believe will be a slow and protracted recovery.

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