19.03.09

On Average, 10 JSA Claimants for Every Jobcentre Vacancy

According to a new analysis of official statistics published earlier this week by the TUC there are on average, 10 JSA claimants for every jobcentre vacancy across the UK. However in parts of the country the jobs outlook is far bleaker, with 25 local authorities registering at least 20 JSA claimants per vacancy.

Using the latest unemployment statistics for January 2009, the TUC worked out the number of jobseeker allowance (JSA) claimants per jobcentre vacancy in every local authority and region across the UK.

The number of claimants per vacancy has more than doubled in the last 12 months from 4 in January 2008 to 10in January 2009, according to the TUC research.

The worst hit area is the Isle of Wight with a ‘claimant to vacancy’ ratio of 60. The area has suffered from the decline of manufacturing and tourism, its two main industries.

The TUC analysis highlights other employment blackspots across the country including South Wales (Blaenau Gwent ‘claimant to vacancy’ ratio: 42 and Rhondda, Cynon, Taff: 36) and Inner London (Hackney: 36, Lewisham: 34 and Greenwich: 30).

The TUC believes these findings prove that the Government’s often repeated claim that there is plenty of work still available is no longer credible. The Government must now accept that unemployment is a national emergency and use all possible means to stem further job losses, create new jobs and provide greater financial help to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of the their own, says the TUC.

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