Unemployment rockets up to 24% in regions

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22 Jan 2019
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Unemployment has shot up 24% in the North East, 17% in the South West and 13% in Yorkshire.

In fact, it has risen in almost every region outside of London and the South East. 

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“Unemployment up by almost 25% in just three months is the sort of horrific rise which, if it carries on, will leave whole communities in tatters.


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“It's a terrifying statistic but behind the numbers are real people's lives and families.

“Thousands of jobs lost mean thousands of people and families wondering how they're going to pay the bills, it means thousands more at foodbanks. 

“Carrying on with wrongheaded austerity policies, a lack of Government investment in jobs and our economy and a lack of any feasible plan on Brexit will only make the situation worse.

“We need action to create jobs and increase confidence in the economy now, not more Westminster games or internal party wrangles."



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