GMB Experts in the World of Work
Join GMB today
 Follow @GMB_union

Jobless Fall Shows Uneven Recovery

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fall In Unemployment Is Welcome But Large Parts Of The Country Have Missed Out On The Recovery Says GMB

In places like Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Newham, Walsall, Hartlepool, Manchester and Middlesbrough the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6% says GMB.

GMB commented on the latest unemployment figures.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "The fall in unemployment is welcome. However it is time to drill down into the details of what types of jobs are being created and in what parts of the country.

There are large swathes of the country and a great number of workers that have seen little or no benefit from this recovery.

In places like Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Newham, Walsall, Hartlepool, Manchester and Middlesbrough the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6%. This needs addressing.

Much of the growth is due to demographic factors and the increase in population means GDP per head is still well below 2007 levels. See notes to editors for figures

This is the root cause of average earnings being down 13.8% in real terms since then."

End

Contact Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Rehana Azam 07841 181656 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1 Changes in GDP at current prices and population since 2007

 

Year

GDP seasonally

Population

 

GDP

per head £

Index

% change

 

Adjusted £m

 

 

 

 

2007

1,552,989

61,319,100

25,326

100

 

2008

1,541,039

61,823,800

24,926

98.4

-1.6

2009

1,461,361

62,260,500

23,472

92.7

-7.3

2010

1,485,616

62,759,500

23,672

93.5

-6.5

2011

1,502,216

63,285,100

23,737

93.7

-6.3

2012

1,505,993

63,705,000

23,640

93.3

-6.7

2013

1,532,431

64,135,000

23,894

94.3

-5.7

 

 

Share this page
+1