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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Unemployment figures up across Greater Manchester

by Peter Heginbotham, President, Greater Manchester Chamber

Figures released by the ONS today show that unemployment has risen sharply throughout Greater Manchester.

Overall unemployment for Greater Manchester has risen by 0.2% with the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the region rising to 81,633 compared with 79,292 last time figures were released.

Unemployment has increased in every one of the Greater Manchester boroughs – and many areas have seen a much sharper increase in JSA claimants than in previous months. The worst affected boroughs in terms of a month-on-month increase in claimants were Tameside, and Manchester. Rochdale is proportionally the worst affected area in Greater Manchester, with overall unemployment now standing at 6%.

This is obviously disappointing news for the region, with unemployment figures rising across all boroughs without exception. History tells us that unemployment continues to rise during a recovery period but what is disappointing about the increase, quite apart from the effect on each individual, is that this is despite businesses and employees being much more inventive in this recession, preferring reduced hours, job-sharing and other initiatives to job losses.

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