Nearly a Quarter of a Million on JSA for over 12 Months

Nearly a quarter of a million people have now been on the dole for more than a year in the UK. This is more than twice as many as at the start of the last recession and many of them will be spending their second or even third successive Christmas out of work.

An analysis by the trade union organisation the TUC, of official unemployment statistics reveals that more than a third of the 232 local authority areas across the UK (88 council areas) now have more than a thousand residents who have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for at least 12 months, compared to just 26 council areas in December 2007.

At the beginning of the last recession, at the close of 2007, 117,845 individuals had been claiming JSA for more than 12 months. Now, almost three years on in November 2010, there are 243,330 who have been struggling to find work for more than a year.

Northern Ireland has seen the sharpest increase in long-term unemployment in the past year with a 3.2 per cent increase. There are now 14,325 people who have been on the dole for at least a year, up from 9,860 since December 2009.

A table of the top 20 areas which have seen the biggest increases in long-term unemployment shows that 12 of the areas featured, including Castlereagh, Newry and Mourne and Banbridge, are in Northern Ireland.

Parts of Greater London have also been badly affected with three boroughs, Hackney, Kensington and Chelsea, and Sutton, also suffering large increases in the number of long-term JSA claimants.

Other regions of the UK affected by big increases in the numbers out of work for more than a year since last Christmas are Wales, which has seen a 2.7 per cent increase, Yorkshire and the Humber (2.5 per cent) and the South East (2.5 per cent).

Total long-term unemployment, including those who have not been claiming JSA, rose to 839,000 in October 2010, a 34 per cent increase on the year and the highest level since February 1997.




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