“Terrible” jobs figures show government policies are not working

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date: 14 September 2011

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Commenting on today's unemployment figures, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said,

"These are terrible figures. They are further evidence that the recovery has been choked off by a self-defeating rush to austerity. Government policies are hurting, but they aren't working.

"Most worrying are the signs of a second wave of rising young unemployment - with the number of 18-24 year olds out of work now higher than at any point during the recession - making the government's decision to slash the support to young people through EMAs and the Future Jobs Fund look even more short-sighted and cruel.

"The public sector is shedding jobs more than twice as fast as the private sector can create new ones, and with the increasingly gloomy outlook for the economy as a whole the outlook for jobs is as bad as at any time since the height of the recession."

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- more follows -

Latest 10 biggest local authority claimant to vacancy ratios

Area

Claimants

Vacancies

Ratio

Inverclyde

3,057

87

35.1

North Ayrshire

5,933

256

23.2

West Dunbartonshire

3,840

166

23.1

Hackney

11,081

487

22.8

Waltham Forest

9,782

490

20.0

Merthyr Tydfil

2,257

115

19.6

Lewisham

10,624

561

18.9

Haringey

10,813

606

17.8

Blaenau Gwent

3,140

183

17.2

Kingston upon Hull, City of

14,314

843

17.0

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