April 14, 2011 1:45 PM

Local MP Mark Hunter has given a cautious welcome to the latest employment figures, released by the National Office of Statistics, whilst warning that there is still a bumpy road ahead as the country moves away from its enormous financial deficit and into recovery.

The monthly figures show that unemployment decreased by 17,000 across the country in March, as well as charting a 14% increase in jobs since the same time last year across the Cheadle constituency. Since March 2010 the number of unemployed people in Cheadle has decreased by 157 to 1,121.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Coupled with the recent announcement of a drop in inflation, the latest local employment figures are good news for our community.

"It was never going to be easy to clean up the economic mess that the last Labour administration left us with, but this news is a positive sign and it is encouraging that there has been a significant increase in the number of employed people in our area over the last twelve months.

"The Government must continue its work to help small and medium sized enterprises in particular, giving them the necessary support to create jobs during these difficult economic times.

"Likewise, Stockport Council are also doing a good job in limiting job losses by making efficiency savings, and attracting investment in the area such as the Umbro offices at Cheadle Royal and BSkyB offices in Stockport Town Centre."

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