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Jobless figure hits the north


UNEMPLOYMENT in north Solihull is almost double the regional average it has emerged.

In November last year, over 10 per cent of people were out of work. This compares to the 5.4 per cent across the West Midlands and 3 per cent in the rest of the borough.

While the number of Silhillians claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance has started to drop in recent months, these latest statistics show there is still a major disparity between the north and south of the borough.

The figures were included in a council report, looking at the impact that the recession has had across Solihull.

Latest information shows that many sectors continue to suffer, but there are also a few signs of recovery.

* Solihull firms are continuing to announce significant levels of redundancy (20+ staff).

* The Federation of Small Businesses reports that its members are growing more confident about future prospects, but companies continue to struggle.

* Youth unemployment remains high (10.3 per cent) and an increased number of 16-year-olds are going into further education.

* SUSTAiN has reported the charity and voluntary sector continues to struggle.

To help tackle the problems, the council is running a number of schemes, including: weekly job clubs in Chelmsley Wood, ensuring businesses are paid promptly and offering extra housing support.

It was announced last week that the UK economy had officially come out of recession.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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