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Unemployment Numbers Continue To Rise

11,000 more people join in Jobseekers Allowance claims in the last year in Greater Manchester alone

Published on February 17th 2012.

Unemployment Numbers Continue To Rise

LATEST figures released on Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claims, show an increase by 11,000 (14.6 per cent) in Greater Manchester over the past year.

On an annual basis there are 11,000 more JSA claimants in Greater Manchester compared with January 2011, which serves to emphasise just how difficult the last 12 months have been.

The 82,000 people claiming JSA in Greater Manchester in December 2011 have risen by 5.2 per cent in a single month  to 86,000 claimants. Similar numbers can be seen for the North West where the increase is 5.5 per cent.

Nearly 1,000 new youth claimants in Greater Manchester, aged 16-24, joined the JSA benefits system between December and January. The amount has now reached 27,000 people in total. There are now 4,600 more youths in Greater Manchester claiming JSA than were in January a year ago.

There has also been a rise of 6.4 per cent for long term claimants (those who have been claiming for six months or longer) in Greater Manchester from December 2011 to January 2012.

Baron Frankal, director of economic strategy at New Economy said: “On an annual basis there are 11,000 more JSA claimants in Greater Manchester compared with January 2011, which serves to emphasise just how difficult the last 12 months have been.

Youth unemployment remains high on the agenda and we need to reduce the number of people aged 16-24 who are out of work. That is why the announcement last week that employers in the region are to be offered and extra £750 for every apprentice they take on shows that Greater Manchester is reacting to the problem. “

He went on to say that new opportunities must be created and investments made in projects that could help long-term growth such as the Graphene Hub, Airport City and developments regarding MediaCity.

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2012.

Mediacity jobs will go to southerners for a start, Airport city will just become yet another white elephant if it ever goes ahead even so whats left? I heard FC United are recruiting though? offering loads of volunteering opportunities yeah!! you can bet no apprenticeships will be used on any of these schemes should they even come to fruitition. Money gets thrown at things without proper thought of the consequences. We need to get back to entrepreneurship and cottage industries to get this region moving again, helping people create their own destinies and riches not rely on crappy part time supermarket positions. They do not pay the bills. Give people hope and believe in them, people are our greatest asset we all have a brain, its learning how to use it to maximum effect is what we should be teaching those in despair! Why havent youth been invested in over the years why havent they got the youth centres offering not only basketball, but how to complete forms and do CV's? Isnt that how we should be helping them? Half are illiterate ffs, oh but i forgot, they axed the youth service silly me. I rest my case.

Charlie BFebruary 23rd 2012.

Cheer up Anon. I work in MediaCityUk and I'm from Manchester. The move up here is wholly positive

DavidFebruary 28th 2012.

If supermarket jobs,low paid jobs are not good enough for Mancunians,then who is going to do these jobs?.These jobs are going to exist,because people will always want supermarkets.It would mean of course Manchester would have to import a huge number of immigrants to do all the low paid jobs.

As for locals not getting jobs at developments like Media City,maybe you should look at the quality of education in Manchester.But anyway their is nothing wrong with people moving to Manchester to work.The city does not belong to people who were fortunate enough to be born there.

More should be done to encourage start up here.There needs to more of a culture of entrepeneurship,After all that was how the city achieved its wealth in Victorian times.But small companies employ people and often on low wages.

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