Despite MediaCityUK. And despite hundreds of millions of pounds of public money poured into `regeneration' over the last decade, Salford's unemployment over the last year has mushroomed.
Figures from the National Office of Statistics show that the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Salford has risen by 6% over the last year (August 2011- August 2012), compared to the whole of Great Britain, which has fallen by 0.6%. That's over ten times worse than the national average.
Even compared to more local figures, Salford's 6% rise is much bigger than the Greater Manchester average of 4.6% and the North West's 1.5% rise.
Salford also saw the highest annual rise in Greater Manchester for what is classed as Youth Unemployment (16-24 year olds) - up by 2.4% over the year – compared to a drop of 3.5% in Greater Manchester as a whole, a drop of 4.1% in the North West and a drop of 5.9% nationally.
Particularly hard hit was Pendleton which saw an annual Youth Unemployment rise of 30.4% and Blackfriars with a rise of 18.2%.
Meanwhile, Salford had the second highest annual rise in Greater Manchester for long term JSA claimants (claiming for over six months), up by 32% over the year compared to the national average of 25.2%. Particularly badly hit were Cadishead, with a rise of 62.5% and Little Hulton with an annual rise of 51.1%.
45.5% of all JSA claimants in Salford are for long term unemployment, showing that it is increasingly difficult to find a job in the city. Women are also increasing getting hit with unemployment, with female JSA claimants rising by 13% over the last year, the second highest rise in Greater Manchester. It is particularly affecting women in Walkden North (a 26.6% rise), Blackfriars (a 24.4% rise) and Cadishead (a 21.8% rise).
The horrendous figures show that the ConDem Government's austerity isn't working – and neither for that matter is Salford Council's cuts to public services and job slaughter.
If you're not happy and want to protest…
Monday 15th October 5pm: Lobby of the Labour Group of councillors outside the Civic Centre in Swinton – click here for details
Saturday, October 20th: March For A Future That Works – the million strong protest in London. For details of the Salford coach to London click here