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Trafford boasts one of lowest unemployment rates in Greater Manchester
8:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THOUGH North West unemployment rose by 24,000 from June to August, Trafford can boast one of lowest rates across the whole of Greater Manchester.
At the end of August across the North West – according to recently released statistics from the Office for National Statistics – 294,000 were out of work and Greater Manchester itself – the regions’ most densely populated area – had the highest rate.
Despite 123,000 people being unemployed across the ten boroughs, Trafford’s figures were amongst the lowest by the end of June, standing at 8,000 or 6.7% of the population.
Trafford has the joint-lowest unemployment figures – along with Bury – across Greater Manchester, with Manchester itself having 31,000 unemployed.
Although Trafford can boast relatively stable figures, the same cannot be said for the rest of the region.
Lynn Collins, the North West’s Trade Union Centre regional secretary, said: “The North West is feeling the effects of the government’s austerity agenda.
“It’s clear proof that more needs to be done and that the government’s plans just aren’t working.
“Despite cutting public sector jobs and the slow growing economy that isn’t creating the jobs the government predicted, the Coalition seems to have run out of ideas.“
The borough may have a higher population than Tameside, Rochdale and Oldham, but can boast lower unemployment rates than the other three.
But Trafford’s relatively low rate – compared to others – is far from being replicated across the North West and Ms Collins called for immediate action, particularly regarding youth unemployment.
“We need an alternative economic model that delivers good sustainable jobs and we need a jobs guarantee for every unemployed young person,” she said.
“A rise in unemployment comes on top of a cost of living crisis, with rising costs alongside real term wage cuts and an increase in the use of food banks and pay day lenders.
“It’s difficult for anyone to claim that this is working for people in the North West.”
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