Unemployment in the UK

  1. Third of Peabody residents lose work during pandemic

    A survey by one of London's largest housing associations - Peabody - has found that 36% of its working residents have either lost their job, been furloughed or are now working fewer hours as a result of the pandemic.

    The poll found that 15% of those in Peabody homes who had been made unemployed since March were back in paid work, while 35% of working residents said they were being paid less than the London Living Wage - an increase of 11% compared to August.

    One in five Peabody residents reported that they were having trouble repaying loans or credit which they had taken out to purchase essential items, the survey also discovered.

    The associations chief executive Brendan Sarsfield said: "The latest Peabody Index paints a bleak picture for London and highlights the need for a strong safety net to stop people being plunged into further debt."

    "The public and private sector must also work together to understand how best to stimulate London’s recovery so that it can regain its reputation as a city where everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” he added.

  2. County's unemployment rate 'well below national average'

    The latest unemployment figures for Cumbria show a fall across all parts of the county, although officials are quick to point out they relate to a date before the new lockdown was announced.

    The statistics, for 8 October, show 12,725 people claiming benefits and seeking work, down 570 on September and giving a rate of 4.3%, compared to the national rate of 6.3%.

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    The equivalent figure for early March was 5,795 people signing on, showing the impact of the pandemic, so unemployment has roughly doubled.

    And while job vacancy rates are back to those prior to the pandemic, county council analysts note the balance of sectors recruiting is different with fewer arts, entertainment and recreation postings, and more health related ones.

  3. Unemployment rises in the North East

    The number of people out of work in the North East has risen to 86,000 according to the latest unemployment figures.

    The figure, for the three months to September, is a rise of 15,000 on the previous quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hit the jobs market.

    The North East has an unemployment rate of 6.7% - a big rise on the previous quarter and much higher than the rest of the UK where the average is 4.8%.

    The data, released by the Office for National Statistics, covers the period before the Chancellor announced the furlough scheme would be extended until 31 March. It was originally due to finish at the end of October.

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  4. Analysis: North East has highest unemployment rate in the UK

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    The North East went into the current crisis with the highest unemployment rate in the UK, and that remains the case.

    But worryingly the gap between the jobless rate in the region and the rest of the UK is growing, and there are fears this is just the beginning.

    The latest figures only take us up to the end of the summer, before tougher restrictions came in, and with many workers still on furlough. Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and South Tyneside, all now areas with extra restrictions, are already among the UK's unemployment hotspots according to this set of figures.

    The average number of hours each person in a job in the North East worked during a week has also fallen to its lowest level for 16 years. So it seems even if you are in employment, you may not be working as much as you used to, and potentially not earning as much.

    Business leaders have already pointed to the figures as evidence the region needs more help. The North East Chamber of Commerce says it wants to see swift government action to avoid record levels of unemployment and long-term economic scarring.

    That will be the challenge for a government that won seats across the North East with a promise to "level up" its economic performance.

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    Sophia Royle found she was pregnant two weeks after being furloughed. Now finding a new job is hard.

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    Video caption: Furloughed workers: Odds of redundancy 'very frightening'

    The UK government is cutting its support for furloughed workers' pay - so will more lay-offs follow?