The latest labour market figures show that the North West had the highest increase in unemployment of any region over the Summer. Unemployment is now at 294,000 (8.6%), up 24,000 over June-August 2013.
The Office for National Statistics identify a pattern of falling employment rates in the North West and identify no fall in unemployment over the past year.
Nationally, there was a small drop in unemployment, but the figures also show that a record 1.4 million people are working part-time.
Kevan Nelson, Regional Secretary of UNISON North West, said:
“Nationally, the labour market is failing to deliver decent quality jobs and there is a growing problem of under-employment.”
“In the North West, we are still seeing a fall in both the quality and quantity of jobs.”
“The North West has borne the brunt of the Government’s austerity policies. Public spending cuts have led to job losses and moves to more precarious, low-quality forms of employment. The Government’s policies are failing the people of the North West and this will be compounded by further council cuts planned for 2014/15.”