Nearly four people chasing every vacant job in the North West

Detailed analysis by UNISON, the UK’s largest union, shows that there are 3.8 unemployed people chasing every vacant job in the North West.

Many local authorities in the region are hit harder still. In 12 local authorities more than five unemployed people are chasing every advertised job. Worst hit regionally is Tameside, where there are 9.9 jobseekers for every vacant post. In Liverpool and on the Wirral, seven people are pursuing every available job, and in Sefton there are 6.9 claimants for each job opportunity (See table below for figures on every local authority).

The research exposes the damaging scale of the jobs crisis and the urgent need for a bold strategy for growth and jobs in the forthcoming budget (20 March).

More than 63,000 public sector jobs have gone in the North West since the coalition came to power, with more cuts to come.

Kevan Nelson, Regional Secretary for UNISON North West, said:

“The scale of the ongoing jobs crisis is deeply worrying. Three long years of cuts – with more to come – and still there are not enough jobs to go around. The government has got it wrong on the recession and it has sacrificed our recovery. As well as laying waste to our public services, cuts have a stranglehold on the private sector.

“The government does have a choice. Use the budget to outline the bold strategy for jobs and growth that we so desperately need in the North West. Make people feel secure in their jobs and they are more likely to spend. Give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through tills in local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets.

“The most damaging thing the government could do is to plough on regardless with its reckless anti growth, no hope, cuts strategy.”

Figures for each local authority:

Local Authority  – JSA claimants per unfilled vacancy (Nov 2012)
Allerdale -  6.1
Barrow-in-Furness  – 8.7
Blackburn with Darwen UA  – 4.0
Blackpool UA  – 6.7
Bolton -  4.8
Burnley -  3.7
Bury -  5.8
Carlisle -  3.7
Cheshire East UA  – 1.4
Cheshire West and Chester UA  – 2.2
Chorley -  2.7
Copeland  – 5.5
Dudley -  6.3
Eden  – 1.2
Fylde -  3.0
Halton UA  – 3.4
Hyndburn -  4.9
Knowsley -   7.7
Lancaster -  3.6
Liverpool   7.0
Manchester -  4.3
Oldham  – 4.5
Pendle  – 4.0
Preston -  2.2
Ribble Valley -  2.5
Rochdale  – 3.1
Rossendale -  3.6
Salford -  4.4
Sefton  – 6.9
South Lakeland -  1.2
South Ribble  – 2.6
St Helens -  4.5
Stockport  – 2.9
Tameside  – 9.9
Trafford  – 1.7
Warrington UA  – 1.2
West Lancashire -  1.9
Wigan  – 5.7
Wirral -  7.0
Wyre -  3.4

*NOMIS is the Official Labour Market website for the National Office of Statistics. The figures are for JSA claimants per unfilled jobcentre vacancy

Regional public sector job loss totals are available here:–2012/sty-north-west.html

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