Area sees unemployment increase


An article posted in the Worcester news today, 22nd February has stated that unemployment has increased in Worcester, Malvern and Evesham from this time last year.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit has increased from 1,020 this time last year to 1,025 and the number of 18-24 year olds has increased from 215 to 220.

The numbers have increased more in Wychavon and Malvern Hills from 635 to 720 and 420 to 505 respectively.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistician Matt Hughes said "While this is the sharpest increase in the unemployment level ONS has seen in almost five years, the number of people in work has continued to rise and there are fewer economically inactive people."

Employment Minister Alok Sharma said: "High employment rates are a reliable feature of today’s economy – and this is an incredible achievement.

"It is equally important that, across society, everyone has the opportunity to get a good job, and get on in life.

"Today’s figures show that this Government is building a fairer economy that supports people from all backgrounds to get into work.

"We are closing the BAME and gender employment gaps, and people across the country are accessing new opportunities."

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