Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) employment figures, which show a 60% increase in redundancies in the region compared to September-November 2019, the TUC warns the Chancellor that he must urgently extend the job retention scheme to save jobs.
The data also shows the payroll employee jobs lost in different parts of the region since March are: 8,513 in East Yorkshire; 8040 in North Yorkshire; 13,900 in South Yorkshire; 23,622 in West Yorkshire.
The TUC says that the government must recognise the damage done by withdrawing support too soon, or by failing to guarantee continuation of support until the eleventh hour.
TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:
“The more people we keep in work, the faster we can recover. But with the job retention scheme set to end in April, millions of people’s jobs hang in the balance.
“Conservative MPs in our region have a duty to act and save their constituents’ livelihoods. They have the power to influence the Chancellor.
- The monthly employment changes are based on ONS Labour Force Survey single-month estimates; these are not designated as National Statistics but offer a reasonable guide to unemployment outcomes through the pandemic.
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
Gareth Forest (Lewis)
0113 200 1075
TUC national press office
020 7467 1248
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