Issue date
17 Oct 2012
Title

date: 17 October 2012

embargo: For immediate release

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

'These may be the best figures for some time, but we still need to do much, much better.

'There are still hundreds of thousands of young people without work, over a million people working part-time who want full time-jobs and wages are still trailing below inflation.

'That is why we need a future that works, where we invest in good sustainable jobs with prospects and in tackling long-term unemployment and the living standards crisis.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Dole claimants per jobcentre vacancy by local authority, September 2012

Local authority

Region

Claimant count

Vacancies

Ratio

Haringey

London

9,694

571

17.0

West Dunbartonshire

Scotland

3,609

215

16.8

Hackney

London

9,931

628

15.8

Blaenau Gwent

Wales

3,396

218

15.6

North Ayrshire

Scotland

5,611

385

14.6

Redbridge

London

6,573

471

14.0

East Ayrshire

Scotland

4,512

329

13.7

Lewisham

London

10,130

747

13.6

South Ayrshire

Scotland

2,936

238

12.3

Waltham Forest

London

9,326

757

12.3

Source: nomisweb

- The latest unemployment figures are available at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_279723.pdf

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- On Saturday 20 October thousands of people from across the UK will be heading to London for A Future That Works - a march which starts on the Embankment and ends with a rally in Hyde Park. The day is being organised by the TUC in protest against the government's austerity measures and calls for a new approach which puts growth and an economy that works for ordinary families at the heart of government policy www.afuturethatworks.org

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