From the TUC

Nearly 300,000 people set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole

21 Dec 2011, by in Labour market

New TUC analysis published today, shows that the number of dole claimants who have been out of work for at least a year has increased by 35,000 since last year, with over a quarter of a million people set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole.

The number of long-term dole claimants over the Christmas period has more than doubled from 122,000 in 2007 to 279,000 today. Last Christmas, 243,000 people had been out of work for at least a year.

Scotland (+28%) and London (+24%) have had the sharpest increase in long-term dole claimants since last year. Eight of the ten local authorities with the fastest increase in long-term claimants are in Scotland.

Hounslow has experienced the sharpest increase in the UK, with the number of people in the London borough set to spend another Christmas on the dole more than doubling to over 500.

The analysis shows that rising long-term unemployment is a problem throughout the country. In the last Christmas before the recession, 29 local authorities had at least 1,000 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for at least a year. This figure rose to 88 local authorities last year and now 105 local authorities have over 1,000 long-term dole claimants, including 14 who have at least 3,000 people who been claiming JSA for at least a year.

The number of people spending their third successive Christmas on the dole has also increased by a third on last year, with 75,000 people currently on JSA for at least two years.

The TUC is particularly concerned about rising long-term unemployment as it can permanently scar people’s career prospects and negatively affect their health.

Number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance for at least 12 months by region 

Region Nov 2007 Nov 2010 Nov 2011 Increase 2007-11 Increase 2010-11 Increase 2007-11 (%) Increase 2010-11 (%)
East 8,760 17,085 19,835 11,075 2,750 126 16
East Midlands 7,620 17,035 17,535 9,915 500 130 3
London 24,220 36,705 45,450 21,230 8,745 88 24
North East 6,925 11,880 14,150 7,225 2,270 104 19
North West 14,635 28,070 33,645 19,010 5,575 130 20
Northern Ireland 4,560 14,325 14,545 9,985 220 219 2
Scotland 9,745 20,470 26,270 16,525 5,800 170 28
South East 8,745 20,825 21,610 12,865 785 147 4
South West 4,405 9,375 10,785 6,380 1,410 145 15
Wales 4,490 11,970 12,540 8,050 570 179 5
West Midlands 18,660 31,240 33,940 15,280 2,700 82 9
Yorkshire & Humber 10,130 24,355 28,305 18,175 3,950 179 16
UK 122,900 243,330 278,600 155,700 35,270 127 14

Fastest increases in long-term unemployment by local authority, 2010-11 

Local authority Nov-07 Nov-10 Nov-11 Increase, 2010-11 (%)
Hounslow 245 210 550 162
Inverclyde 235 190 355 87
Stirling 120 185 345 86
Blackburn with Darwen 200 285 530 86
Aberdeenshire 135 155 285 84
Dundee City 485 595 1,085 82
Falkirk 280 555 1,000 80
Clackmannanshire 100 235 420 79
West Dunbartonshire 275 425 755 78
Aberdeen City 170 300 515 72

Source: nomisweb

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