Thursday, September 21, 2023

More than 200,000 east of England manufacturing jobs lost during pandemic

THE race to net zero could revolutionise UK manufacturing – instead Ministers let the jobs disappear overseas, says GMB Union

The East of England lost more than 20,000 manufacturing jobs during the pandemic, GMB analysis shows.

The damning statistics are revealed alongside GMB’s Annual Congress, which takes place in Harrogate today [June 13, 2022].

They show 20,700 jobs in the sector disappeared between 2019 and 2021, a fall of 7.8 per cent in just two years.

In 2019, the East of England supported 265,300 permanent and temporary manufacturing jobs

By the start of this year, the had fallen to 244,600.

Charlotte Childs, GMB National Officer, said:

“More than 20,000 manufacturing jobs lost during the pandemic is devastating for communities in the East of England.

“Unless Ministers address this urgently there could be worse to come.

“The race to net zero could revolutionise UK manufacturing; tens of thousands of new, green jobs in wind, solar, nuclear, and more.

“Instead, this Government seems determined to let them all disappear overseas.”


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