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High Number of Job Seekers Chasing Down Jobs in Weymouth and Portland


7:47am 11th March 2013

Weymouth and Portland has one of the highest numbers of job seeker claimants applying for work in the South West.

Data has been released by Unison today (Monday 11th March).

The seaside borough has been named the 4th highest in the region, when it comes to people on job seekers allowance, going for job vacancies.

On average just over 5 are challenging non-claimants for every position.

Other high figures include Plymouth at nearly 6 claiments per vacancy and Cornwall at over 4.

UNISON says the new 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). 

The figures for West Dorset are a lot lower, on average only 1 person claiming JSA is going for every job vacancy.

Joanne Kaye, South West regional secretary for UNISON, said:

"The scale of the on-going jobs crisis is deeply worrying. Three long years of cuts - with more to come - and 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 a bold strategy for jobs and growth. 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."

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