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Unemployment on rise in Havering

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:00 11 November 2015

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Unemployment is on the rise in Havering, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics released a report this morning revealing 9,000 people in the borough were registered as out of work between July 2014 and June 2015 – up from 8,200 the previous year.

That’s seven per cent of the 246,000 population – higher than both the London average of 6.6pc and the national one, which is 5.7pc.

There are 4,900 unemployed women (8.2pc) in the borough, again higher than across London (6.8pc) and the country (5.4).

But the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) has gone down by 468 last year and is in line with the national average.

Michael Ibiayo, job centre manager for both Romford and Hornchurch, praised local employers for relishing the challenge of getting people back into work and is confident numbers will continue to go down.

“When employers come to us we are getting more results,” he said. “Sainsbury’s came in and took 11 people on last week and next week we have a company from the care sector.

“Employers in Havering are much more keen to work with us and take on the challenge. We continue to do the best we can.”


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