The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has increased to 2.1 million in April 2020 – up 856,500 in a month, and the highest level since 1996.
The figures, released this morning by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), shows that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or searching for work under Universal Credit rules has increased by 69.1% in just one month. This is the largest jump the DWP has ever recorded.
Rural and tourist areas have been hardest hit – with unemployment triple or quadruple what it was a year ago in some parts of Cumbria, Devon and Snowdonia.
This figure doesn’t reflect just unemployment — some self-employed and furloughed employees could also claim Universal Credit.
Hiring has also suffered from the coronavirus lockdown. The number of vacancies available has gone from around 865,000 in April 2019 to only 351,000 this year, meaning those without a job will find it even more difficult to find one. This article is from the CityMetric archive: some formatting and images may not be present.
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