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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Unemployment Falls Across Greater Manchester

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

The total number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance last month was 80,479 compared with 82,300 the month before.

Dr Brian Sloan, Head of Business & Economic Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "Today’s unemployment figures indicate that the pace of job losses has continued to decline with a decrease in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants, though nationally the number of people unemployed longer term continues to increase.

“Private sector businesses are poised to invest and create jobs in the region, but the Election has created uncertainty and these plans have been delayed. The recovery, though weak, is underway and the new Government needs to take decisive action that supports business investment so that we get these people back into work.

“To achieve this, the Government should have a moratorium on new employment legislation and be clear on plans for taxation to give business the confidence to recruit in the coming months.”

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