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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Unemployment Rises Across Greater Manchester

Unemployment has risen across Greater Manchester according to figures released yesterday.

The total number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance last month was 85,020 compared with 80,745 the month before.

Samantha Barker, Policy Manager for Employment, Skills and Workplace Legislation at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "Today's figures are disappointing for Greater Manchester after three successive months of falling unemployment and rising business confidence prior to December's Pre-Budget Report.

"As we anticipated the rise is in part due to seasonal jobs being shed after Christmas as the sales ended earlier this year, however job losses continue due to the ongoing effects of the recession. These figures show the jobs market is still very tough and businesses are uncertain about the strength of the recovery. There is an urgent need for the Government to lay down plans that support wealth and job creating businesses as soon as possible."

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