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Wednesday, 16 June 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 77,213 compared with 80,479 the month before.

Dr Brian Sloan, Head of Business & Economic Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "For the second month in succession the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants has fallen across every local authority in Greater Manchester.

“This is great news all round and very much in line with the data emerging from our Quarterly Economic Survey. It also shows that the recovery, though weak, is certainly underway in the region.

“The Government must do what it can in the upcoming Emergency Budget to underpin rising private sector confidence and ease the burden of employment taxes and regulation on employers.

“Abandoning the 1% increase on Employers’ National Insurance Contributions and a moratorium on employment legislation will encourage businesses to accelerate investment and recruitment plans.”

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