STUC on Scotland’s crisis of long-term unemployment

November 17th 2010

STUC on Scotland’s crisis of long-term unemployment

On the day that new unemployment figures are published and the Scottish Budget announced, the STUC is highlighting the extent of long-term unemployment in Scotland:

• 21,070 individuals in Scotland have been claiming JSA for over a year representing a rise of well over 100% on pre-recession levels. In January 2008 9,110 people had been claiming JSA for over a year;

• The situation in some local authority areas is even more severe: for instance, half of Scotland’s local authority areas have seen long-term unemployment rise by over 100% while the rise has been over 200% in seven local authority areas. The Borders has seen the largest increase of 475%;

• Over the course of the recession, long-term youth unemployment has risen by over 150%; in seven LA areas the rise has been over 300%;

• The ratio of JSA claimants to Jobcentre Plus advertised vacancies is 7:1 across Scotland but rises to over 10:1 in 11 local authority areas. In East Ayrshire 18 JSA claimants are chasing every JC+ vacancy; in East Renfrewshire there are 23 claimants for every post;

• Glasgow City has the second highest number of long-term JSA claimants (5,545) in Britain.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“High unemployment in Scotland is the inevitable outcome of two years of deep recession and a weak, jobless recovery. Instead of blaming the victims for a situation that is manifestly not of their making, the coalition Government should concentrate on creating, not destroying, jobs. As Scotland knows only too well, the social and economic costs of unemployment, particularly long-term youth unemployment, are massive and enduring.

“It is essential that Government at all levels acts now to prevent a repeat of the mistakes of past recessions. Starting with today’s Scottish Budget, the key policy priorities must be to maximise job creation and to provide effective assistance to the unemployed”.

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