The latest labour market figures show that the North West had the highest increase in unemployment of any region over the Winter. Unemployment is now at 278,000 (8.1%), up 22,000 over November 2013-January 2014.
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 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 eye-watering cuts being forced on councils in the North West, and inadequate NHS funding will further compound the problems of the region’s economy.”