December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tens of thousands of new jobs have been created in East Anglia since the start of the recession.
But there are not enough new jobs to keep pace with the increase in the working age population according to new figures.
The Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, has published figures that show the number of jobs in the East of England has increased from 2.83million in 2008 to 2.9m today – an increase of 70,000.
However the proportion of over-16s in work has fallen from 62.3% to 60.6% – another 84,000 jobs would have had to be created to keep up with the population increase.
Alex Hurrell, senior analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Unfortunately these figures show that the jobs recovery continues to be very difficult in the East of England and that there is a long way to go before the hole knocked in employment during the recession is repaired.”
Ipswich MP Ben Gummer accepted that the whole region had been hit by the recession, but things were starting to look up.
He said: “We are now starting to see unemployment coming down nationally and here in Ipswich. Work is different to what it was – there is more part-time working and fewer people are doing the traditional nine to five day.”
The population increase is a national phenomenon – 39% is made up of net migration and 61% naturally from an increase in the birth rate.
The figures were released on the day that Labour Immigration spokesman Chris Bryant said some major employers, including Tesco and Next, could be seen to be trying to employ staff from elsewhere in Europe because they were cheaper than British workers.
Labour candidate for Ipswich David Ellesmere said there remained serious problems for people trying to find jobs – at Ipswich Job Centre there were 3.6 claimants chasing each vacancy.
“There are two categories of people looking for jobs that there weren’t a generation ago – older people who need to work longer before they get a pension and students who need to work to help fund their studies.”