Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. So where is the know it all Tory supporters gone on this one. Perhaps they have been put out of work as well !.

  2. Sorry Colin but whatever your politics you must have realized that the job market was going to suffer, when a country has to dig itself out of he mire such as the one that the last Government left us in. Even so dont believe everything that the unions tell you, as they are Labours paymasters afterall.Could these figures be interperated as rather than a lack of jobs, there are more people in Thurrock who dont want to work and would rather draw benefits?

  3. So the comrade is at odds with the political party his members fund. The Labour party and the unions prove time and again they know nothing about how to run an economy. Perhaps they’d like to remember 1979 and the current recession caused by left wing hand wringers wanting banks to lend money to people to buy houses that couldn’t afford to pay it back. The banks may have got greedy using this as an easy way of making money but it was the left who tried to tell everyone they had the right to own their own home whether they could afford it or not. That’s why Gordie and co let banks lend money with no proof of income being provided and lending money at 6 times people’s income. The left were responsible just as muich as the banks for this recession. If the GMB don’t like it perhaps they should withdraw their funding of the Labour party.

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