From the TUC

So there is no shortage of jobs?

06 Feb 2012, by in Labour market

So, according to DWP minister Maria Miller, there is no shortage of jobs.

Every month I report on the latest unemployment data, the number of people claiming JSA and the number of vacancies in each Local Authority. The last set of data showed that there are as many as 20 people chasing the one vacancy in some areas, in Lewisham there are almost thirty five dole claimants chasing each vacancy.

local authority Region

Total claimants

Vacancies Claimant /Vacancy 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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This is using the claimant count only; the number of people unemployed is significantly higher if we used the ILO definition of unemployment, as many unemployed people are not claiming JSA. Currently there are 2.68 million people unemployed using this definition, and there are 463,000 vacancies, and around 6 people chasing every vacancy.

If we look at the same areas pre- recession, what do we see ? Significantly lower levels of unemployment and higher number of vacancies. So what has caused the change in numbers ? Not unwillingness to apply for jobs but the deepest recession we have had since the 1930’s, which has not just affected unemployment in the UK but globally. There are one million more unemployed people than there was 4 years ago. It is time for the Government to stop blaming the unemployed for their situation and to start taking responsibility for creating jobs.

Claimant Count

Vacancy

Claimant/Vacancy Ratio

local authority

December 2007

December 2011

December 2007

December 2011

December 2007

December 2011

Lewisham

5,715

10,567

663

305

8.6

34.6

East
Dunbartonshire

796

1,781

325

76

2.4

23.4

Haringey

6,689

10,506

807

460

8.3

22.8

Hackney

6,603

11,076

801

501

8.2

22.1

Hartlepool

2,282

4,451

414

205

5.5

21.7

North Ayrshire

2,990

5,368

598

248

5.0

21.6

East Renfrewshire

537

1,334

371

66

1.4

20.2

East Ayrshire

2,356

4,647

476

231

4.9

20.1

South Lanarkshire

3,457

8,976

1,578

454

2.2

19.8

Blaenau Gwent

1,780

3,263

355

169

5.0

19.3

2 Responses to So there is no shortage of jobs?

  1. THE PHANTOMS OF THE JOB CENTRE? | Polite Ire
    Feb 23rd 2012, 9:03 pm

    […] more difficult than figures might suggest. It might also help explain why on average there are only 6 people to every vacancy, and yet you can apply to hundreds and never hear anything in reply.  (For reference I live in a […]