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Scotland overtakes London as worst region in the UK for unemployment

February 16 2012 - A Nomisweb analysis of UK local authority areas by claimant to vacancies ratio in January 2012 shows that a number of Scottish areas have passed the inner London boroughs to become the UK's worst employment blackspots.

Local Area

Clackmannanshire

East Dunbartonshire

Lewisham

West Dunbartonshire

Eilean Siar

Hackney

Isle of Wight

East Ayrshire

East Renfrewshire

North Lanarkshire

Claimants

1,893

1,903

10,791

3,969

554

11,019

3,964

4,872

1,423

12,517

Vacancies

27

68

393

148

21

455

171

212

62

571

Ratio

70.1

28.0

27.5

26.8

26.4

24.2

23.2

23.0

23.0

21.9

The number of Job Seekers Allowance claimants per vacancy across the country has rose from 1.5 in 2005 to six in 2011. In March 2005 the London borough of Newham had the worst unemployment problem in Britain with 15 dole claimants chasing each vacancy. By January 2012 Clackmannanshire was the worst with over 70 dole claimants for every vacancy.

While seven London boroughs, including Haringey and Lewisham, have remained in the top ten employment blackspots' list for at least four of the last seven years, Southwark, Islington and Kensington & Chelsea have improved their rankings to 43, 45 and 47 respectively. In fact, Southwark is one of a mere three local authorities to have a better claimant to vacancy ratio in 2011 than in 2005.

Back in 2002, the 10 worst areas in the UK for unemployment were spread across the country, with half in London, three in the North East of England, one in the North West of England, and one in Scotland. All had unemployment rates of more than one in ten:

Hackney

Newham

Dundee City

Haringey

Middlesbrough

Southwark

South Tyneside

Tower Hamlets

Liverpool

Newcastle upon Tyne

16.4%

13.5%

12.8%

12.7%

12.4%

12.1%

12.1%

11.8%

11.1%

11%

(14,000)

(12,000)

(9,000)

(13,000)

(8,000)

(13,000)

(8,000)

(9,000)

(21,000)

(14,000)



 
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