Unemployment rising by 1,300 a day

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date: 18 January 2011

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Responding to the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'These figures are even worse than the bleak economic forecasts predicted, with new records achieved for youth and female unemployment.

'The fear is now that mass joblessness becomes a permanent scar on the UK - with unemployment rising by 1,300 a day towards the end of last year.

'The news for those in work isn't great either, with pay growth falling and more people having to move to into part-time and insecure self-employment.

'We are in the midst of a full blown jobs crisis that is causing misery for millions and ruining any chance of an economic recovery. Ministers must start putting forward bold solutions to address this crisis, starting with a job guarantee for any young person out of work for six months.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Top 10 employment blackspots, December 2011

Local authority

Region

Claimant count

Vacancies

Ratio

Lewisham

London

10,567

305

34.6

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

1,781

76

23.4

Haringey

London

10,506

460

22.8

Hackney

London

11,076

501

22.1

Hartlepool

North East

4,451

205

21.7

North Ayrshire

Scotland

5,368

248

21.6

East Renfrewshire

Scotland

1,334

66

20.2

East Ayrshire

Scotland

4,647

231

20.1

South Lanarkshire

Scotland

8,976

454

19.8

Blaenau Gwent

Wales

3,263

169

19.3

Source: nomisweb

- The latest labour market statistics are available at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/january-2012/statistical-bulletin.html

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