December 16, 2010 6:13 PM

Unemployment across Stockport has decreased by 11.5% since the General Election and the number of unemployed people per job available has reduced by a third, according to research into official figures by Cheadle MP Mark Hunter.

In May 2010 when the Coalition government was formed, there were 6,143 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Stockport, compared to 5,438 last month (November). This means a decrease of 11.5% in the number of people unemployed across the Borough. In addition, the number of Job Seekers Allowance claimants per job centre vacancy in Stockport was 4.5 back in May but the latest stats suggests this has decreased by one third to 3.0.

Commenting, Mark said:

"In tough times, this news is especially encouraging and shows that the local economy here in Stockport is robust and well placed to face the challenges ahead.

"Coming in the same week as the news that Stockport Council will receive the lowest decrease in funding in Greater Manchester at less than 3%, these figures are a big relief for all of us who have been concerned about the state of the economy locally and nationally.

"Despite the scare-mongering from predictable quarters, all the signs are that the measures we are taking locally and nationally to rebuild our economy and protecting public services are proving to be effective."

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