SIXTEEN jobseekers are chasing every vacancy in Hartlepool, according to a new study.
Research by the think-tank IPPR North showed that the worst-hit areas nationwide for the average number of people per job vacancy, which put Hartlepool in joint third.
The highest was West Dunbartonshire, with an average of 20 jobseekers per vacancy, followed by Clackmannanshire with 19, and Hartlepool, East Ayrshire, Blaenau Gwent, Lewisham, North Ayrshire, the Isle of Wight and Gravesham, all on 16.
The report was published ahead of the release of the latest unemployment figures today, which analysts expect will show another rise from last month’s figure of 2.6m.
Last month figures showed that Hartlepool had 4,267 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, which accounts for 7.3 per cent of the working population.
The report said that northern urban areas were particularly badly affected, as well as the West of Scotland, South Wales and some seaside towns.
In contrast, some areas had only one or even no jobseekers for vacancies, including Crawley, Cambridge, South Buckinghamshire, North Warwickshire, Daventry and the City of London.
Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, said: “The Government’s youth contract is a step in the right direction to help tackle the unemployment problem, but more needs to be done to help the areas of the UK where people are really struggling to find work.
“The Government should guarantee a job for everyone who has been unemployed for more than a year paid at the minimum wage, targeted at the worst affected areas first but then rolled out everywhere.”