In places like Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Newham, Walsall, Hartlepool, Manchester and Middlesbrough the employment rate is way below the UK average of 71.6% says GMB.
GMB commented on the figures from ONS which show the UK growth of 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014 taking the size of the economy above its pre-recession peak.
Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “The six years between the start of the downturn and now is the longest for over a 100 years. However there is some way to go before GDP per head recovers to pre- recession levels. This is because much of the growth is due to demographic factors. The increase in population means GDP per head is still 5.7% below 2007 levels.
See notes to editors 1 for figures.
So size of the cake is back to pre-recessions levels but the slice per person is smaller. This is the root cause of average earnings being down 13.8% in real terms since then. The recovery is patchy. 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 employment rate is way below the UK average of 71.6%.
See notes to editors 2 for list of 20 areas with the lowest employment rates.
This needs addressing.
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||GDPper head £||Index||% change|
2 Twenty areas with lowest employment rates
|Employment rate April 2013-March 2014||% above or below the UK average|
|4||Newcastle upon Tyne||60.6||-15.4|
|15||Blackburn with Darwen||63.0||-12.0|
|16||Barking and Dagenham||63.2||-11.7|
|17||Kingston upon Hull, City of||63.3||-11.6|
|20||Kensington and Chelsea||63.7||-11.0|