1 in 5 Thurrock households jobless

OVER 20% of Thurrock households are without work, the highest figure in the East of England.

According to figures released by the GMB union, there were 10,600 households in the Thurrock that had no individuals aged 16 and over in employment out of a total number of household of 52,400. That is 20.2% of all households that include at least one person aged 16 to 64 of working age in Thurrock.

For the East of England as a whole there were 294,000 households in the region that had no individuals aged 16 and over in employment out of a total number of household of 1,867,300. That is 15.7% of all households that include at least one person aged 16 to 64 of working age in the East of England.

For the UK as a whole there were 3.9 million households that had no individuals aged 16 and over in employment out of a total number of household of 20.5 million. That is 18.9% of all households that include at least one person aged 16 to 64 of working age in the UK.

These figures come from a new analysis by GMB of the Annual Population Survey data on households by combined economic activity status January-December 2010 from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published just before Christmas 2011.

After Thurrock, for households without work in the East of England, was Peterborough 19.5%, Luton 18.2%, Southend-on-Sea 18.1%, Norfolk 17.6%, Essex 17.2% and Suffolk 16.3%.

Paul Hayes, GMB Regional Secretary for the East of England said, “The Tory Party famously claimed that ‘If it’s not hurting then it’s not working’. It is high time that the Tories learned that if someone does not have work it hurts. It hurts the person, it hurts their families, it hurts their communities and it hurts our economy.

The areas with the highest levels of households without work are those areas which were first devastated by the recessions in the 1980s and 1990s. They never properly recovered. They have now been hit again by the double whammy of the bankers’ recession and by Chancellor Osborne stalling the recovery leading to the region being mired in a new recession.

I doubt if the electorate had any notion that a change of government would lead to a loss of 376,000 jobs across the UK and 31,000 in the East of England, in the public sector, in the short time since the general election.

“It is high time that London’s politicians at local, national and EU level started standing up for the people who elected them and demanded a change of approach. There is a massive shortage of jobs as these figures show. A first step is to stop the public sector job cuts in the pipeline. Policies that increase employment are the only sure fire route to recovery. The sooner we start on a new course the better.”

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