North East UK news Unemployment rises in North East as pressure grows to extend furloughing PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The North East has the second highest rate of unemployment in the UK and has seen 40,000 more people on benefits since the start of the pandemic
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Unemployment in the North East started to rise as the latest national lockdown took effect, new figures show. The region’s unemployment rate for the three months up to the end of 2020 stood at 6.5%, the second highest rate in the UK. The number of people claiming unemployment benefits stood at 116,815, up more than 40,000 from this time last year. It is widely thought that the Government’s Job Retention Scheme is still protecting thousands of people from losing their jobs, and pressure is rising on the Government to extend furloughing at next week’s Budget to match the timeline for re-opening the economy set out in the Prime Minister’s lockdown roadmap. Nationally, the number of workers on UK payrolls has fallen by nearly 730,000 since the start of the pandemic and the jobless rate has surged to a five-year high - but official figures revealed “early signs” of a stabilising jobs market. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of payrolled workers rose by 83,000 between January and February in the second small monthly increase in a row.
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. “With firms facing a renewed cash crisis amid the current lockdown and the prospect of several more months of diminished demand and revenue before many can fully reopen, substantial job losses maybe inevitable if the support schemes wind down as planned. “Although the Government’s roadmap provides a way forward, the lack of clarity over the future path of fiscal support has left a damaging cliff edge for jobs and livelihoods.
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“It is vital that the Government support schemes, including furlough and business rates relief, are extended through the summer and wherever possible throughout 2021 to help protect jobs and power the recovery.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I know how incredibly tough the past year has been for everyone, and every job lost is a personal tragedy. That’s why throughout the crisis, my focus has been on doing everything we can to protect jobs and livelihoods. “At the Budget next week I will set out the next stage of our Plan for Jobs, and the support we’ll provide through the remainder of the pandemic and our recovery.”
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