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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Unemployment Falls Across Greater Manchester

By Brian Sloan, Head of Business & Economic Policy

Unemployment has fallen across Greater Manchester according to figures released today.

The total number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance last month was 84,622 compared with 85,020 the month before.

Dr Brian Sloan, Head of Business & Economic Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "Across Greater Manchester as a whole, the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants is slightly down, suggesting the pace of job losses has slowed, though the number of long-term unemployed continues to increase.

"What we need now is to focus on job creation to get these people back into work. A good start would be to abolish the planned 1% rise in Employer’s National Insurance Contributions as this is one of the factors putting a brake on the recruitment plans of firms across Greater Manchester. Business confidence is evident in our Quarterly Economic Survey, but uncertainty over the Government’s plans for tax rises and public spending is causing firms to hold back."

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