Sunday, 07 February 2016

Worrying figures reveal 13 people chase each job in Barrow

JOBSEEKERS in Barrow and Copeland are less likely to find employment than in most other areas, worrying analysis has shown.

Twelve people are chasing each vacancy across Copeland and 12.9 people in Barrow – compared to just 1.7 in South Lakeland.

Nationally, the number of unemployed people per job vacancy stands at 5.6, down from 5.8 last month. But despite the fall, research by the TUC on employment blackspots shows in almost a quarter of all local authorities there are at least 10 people chasing every vacancy.

The TUC research ranks Cumbria as 126th out of 206 local authorities with one being the worst for the number of people chasing each vacancy. However, huge discrepancies across the county have skewed the figures pushing Cumbria down the rankings. If the local authority data was used, rather than a county average, Barrow and Copeland would be in the top 30 worst areas.

In Carlisle just five people are chasing each job and three in Eden, and along with the low ratio in South Lakeland the Cumbrian average is 5.7 people for every advertised vacancy.

The figures came as Chancellor George Osborne prepared to deliver his budget to MPs today, which he claimed will be for “working people” and help those on low and middle incomes.

But Labour called for the budget to prioritise jobs and growth with unemployment increasing by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest since 1994.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband said: “The government promised change but things are getting worse with a million people now out of work and a cost of living crisis for families across Britain. Labour wants a budget that makes a priority of jobs, growth and using every single penny of scarce resources to help hard-pressed families make ends meet.

“Instead this government’s priority appears to be cutting tax for people earning over £150,000 a year.”

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said tackling the jobs crisis must be at the centre of the budget. He added: “Bold new measures such as a youth jobs guarantee and tax breaks for investment are needed to get our economy growing again.”

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13 people chasing each job? The same thirteen each time I'll bet. What are the other five thousand dossers doing then?

Posted by eebyecklad on 21 March 2012 at 14:45

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