From the TUC

Employment Blackspots Update

14 Dec 2011, by in Labour market, Uncategorized

The unemployment data released today shows that Clackmannanshire is the hardest place in Britain to find a job, in Clackmannanshire there are over thirty dole claimants chasing every vacancy. Since we have been reporting on employment blackspots (March 2011) Clackmannanshire has been in the top 10 frequently. We also see in this month’s data that 5 areas in the top 10 are in Scotland, up from 4 last month and has overtaken London this month.

Top 10 employment blackspots  

local authority

Region

Claimant Count

Vacancies

Ratio

Clackmannanshire Scotland

1,820

58

31.4

West Dunbartonshire Scotland

3,642

140

26.0

Hartlepool North East

4,267

180

23.7

Lewisham London

10,592

517

20.5

East Ayrshire Scotland

4,597

228

20.2

Eilean Siar Scotland

518

27

19.2

Blaenau Gwent Wales

3,233

185

17.5

Tameside North West

6,973

406

17.2

Isle of Wight South East

3,439

201

17.1

Orkney Islands Scotland

248

15

16.5

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The top ten employment blackspots for young people (18-24 only) based on the claimant count figures released today are:

local authority

Total (Proportion of resident population of age group)

Blaenau Gwent

18.3

Hartlepool

16.9

Sandwell

16.0

Redcar and Cleveland

15.8

Merthyr Tydfil

15.6

Wolverhampton

15.1

Walsall

14.9

South Tyneside

14.7

Caerphilly

14.2

North East Lincolnshire

14.0

Blaenau Gwent is again the employment blackspot for 18-24 year olds.

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TUC analysis published last month showed that youth claimant unemployment had increased in 97% of local authority areas in the UK in the last 12 months. The number of young people aged between 18 and 24 unable to find work in the UK had increased in 196 of 202 local authorities since September 2010.

2 Responses to Employment Blackspots Update

  1. alanc230
    Dec 14th 2011, 12:59 pm

    These numbers are truly frightening. Any idea how they compare with the United States?

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