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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Unemployment down across Greater Manchester

by Samantha Barker, Policy Manager Employment & Skills

Unemployment has decreased across Greater Manchester, according to figures released by the ONS today. The total number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance last month stood at 82,060 compared with 82,591 the month before.
Unemployment levels have either decreased or stayed constant in every Greater Manchester borough apart from Salford.

According to the figures, claimant counts were reduced by 0.1% in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside. Unemployment levels remained constant in Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan. Salford was by far the worst affected borough with 7,766 people unemployed last month compared with 7,659 in September, a rise of 0.1%

This is certainly encouraging news for the local job market and the region. However people should be mindful about the figures, as it is still possible that we are in a W-Shaped recession.

Nonetheless a reduction in the claimant count can only be a good thing.

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