Unemployment figures fall

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UNEMPLOYMENT in Wigan fell again in April.

Latest figures show that the number of borough residents claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance went down by almost 300 from the previous month to 6,220.

Aside from a blip after Christmas, the trend has been generally downwards since the beginning of last year.

There was further good news as the number of young adults (under-25s) in the borough also came down by 130 to 1,395.

The overall fall was in keeping with the other nine areas of Greater Manchester which all saw a reduction in the claimant count. Christian Spence, head of business intelligence at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The strong performance is seen in all 10 of the Greater Manchester local authorities with the same results for youth unemployment – a fall in all boroughs and across GM as a whole.

“Total pay increases for the three months to March 2014 is shown to be 1.7 per cent, above the latest CPI inflation for March of 1.6 per cent and broadly level with the three-month average for the same period, further reducing pressure on real household incomes.”