From the TUC

Employment Blackspots Update

18 Jan 2012, by in Labour market

The unemployment data released today shows that Lewisham is the hardest place in Great Britain to find a job. In Lewisham there are almost thirty five dole claimants chasing each vacancy. Since we have been reporting on employment blackspots (March 2011), Lewisham has been in the top 10 employment blackspots every month.

Top 10 employment blackspots:

local authority Region Claimant Count Vacancies Ratio
Lewisham London 10,567 305 34.6
East Dunbartonshire Scotland 1,781 76 23.4
Haringey London 10,506 460 22.8
Hackney London 11,076 501 22.1
Hartlepool North East 4,451 205 21.7
North Ayrshire Scotland 5,368 248 21.6
East Renfrewshire Scotland 1,334 66 20.2
East Ayrshire Scotland 4,647 231 20.1
South Lanarkshire Scotland 8,976 454 19.8
Blaenau Gwent Wales 3,263 169 19.3

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The top 10 ten employment blackspots for young people (18-24 only) based on the claimant count figures released today are:

local authority Region Total % (Proportion of resident population of age group)
Blaenau Gwent Wales 18.4
Hartlepool North East 17.3
Merthyr Tydfil Wales 16.2
Sandwell West Midlands 15.7
Redcar and Cleveland North East 15.6
Wolverhampton West Midlands 15.2
Walsall West Midlands 14.6
South Tyneside North East 14.3
North East Lincolnshire Yorkshire & Humber 14.1
Caerphilly Wales 14.1

Youth unemployment continues to be the highest in Blaenau Gwent and Hartlepool.

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Source ONS nomis – Dec 2011 data

2 Responses to Employment Blackspots Update

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