From the TUC

It is harder to find a job in the Eastern half of London than the West

08 Sep 2011, by in Labour market

New TUC analysis of official statistics published today shows that it is harder to find a job in the Eastern half of the capital than the West.

The research ranks the City of London and each of the 32 London boroughs by the ratio of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants to every Jobcentre Plus job vacancy. In July 2011, across the capital the average ratio was nine job seekers for every available job, compared to a GB-wide figure of six per vacancy.

Boroughs in the Eastern half of the capital, including Waltham Forest (25 job seekers for every vacancy), Hackney (22), Lewisham (21) and Redbridge (15), had some of the highest ratio of JSA claimants to job vacancies.

As the UK moves towards a new North-South divide, London seems to be witnessing an East-West divide. The City and West London are currently faring much better than the East, with Kingston upon Thames (3), Westminster (3), Richmond upon Thames (4) and Hillingdon (4), the best London boroughs in which to secure employment as they have the lowest ratios of job seekers per available job.

The research has analysed how these figures have changed since last year (July 2010). Over the past year, around 50% (16 out of 33) of London boroughs have experienced an increase in the number of job seekers per vacancy. The Eastern half of London has borne the brunt of this increase with some of the highest rises seen in Waltham Forest (14.5%) and Barking and Dagenham (4.6%).

Since July 2010 the unemployment rate has also increased in 25 out the 33 London boroughs, five are unchanged and only three London boroughs have seen their unemployment rate drop, showing that economic recovery in London is still some way off.

Our previous analysis found strong evidence of persistent poor local job prospects, with London being one of the worst hit areas of the country. Four London Boroughs including Hackney, Haringey, and Lewisham have been in the top ten employment blackspots in Britain for five of the last seven years.

Top five London employment blackspots, July 2011

Local area

Claimant count

Vacancy

Ratio

Haringey

10,518

367

28.7

Waltham Forest

9,524

375

25.4

Hackney

11,026

493

22.4

Lewisham

10,114

487

20.8

Redbridge

7,687

506

15.2

Best five London boroughs to find work, July 2011

Local area

Claimant count

Vacancy

Ratio

City of London

50

424

0.1

Kingston upon Thames

1,952

599

3.3

Westminster

5,221

1,600

3.3

Richmond upon Thames

1,949

550

3.5

Hillingdon

4,904

1,236

4.0

Source: nomisweb

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