UK is in a state-sponsored unemployment crisis

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date: 12 October 2011

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Commenting on the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'These are terrible figures. The government's austerity measures have turned unemployment into a full-blown crisis - with job losses not seen since the darkest days of the recession.

'Worryingly, this is not simply the result of Eurozone troubles. This unemployment crisis is state sponsored, and areas like the North East are paying a heavy price with more than one in ten people out of work.

'The news for those in work is bleak too, with wage rises falling back to just 1.8 per cent and creating an even tighter squeeze on living standards.

'The Chancellor's Plan A has sent unemployment to a 17-year high. This country urgently needs a plan B to get people back into work.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Top 10 employment blackspots, September 2011

Local area

Dole claimants

Vacancies

Ratio

Haringey

10,602

413

25.7

Blaenau Gwent

3,171

173

18.3

Middlesbrough

7,041

388

18.1

Clackmannanshire

1,857

109

17.0

Hackney

11,203

666

16.8

Redcar and Cleveland

5,534

335

16.5

Lewisham

10,794

655

16.5

North Ayrshire

5,374

334

16.1

Kingston upon Hull, City of

14,369

906

15.9

Redbridge

8,021

514

15.6

Source: nomisweb

- A full list of the claimant to vacancy ratio in every local authority in Britain is available from the TUC press office.

- The latest labour market statistics are available here www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/october-2011/statistical-bulletin.html

- Further TUC analysis of the labour market statistics is available at www.touchstoneblog.org.uk

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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