Region worst-hit in UK for job cuts
EAST Yorkshire has lost more private sector jobs than anywhere else in the UK.
New figures show about 40,000 jobs were lost in private companies in Yorkshire and the Humber between June and September.
Union leaders say the figure exposes the Government's promise that private sector growth would offset public sector cuts as a sham.
The job losses in Yorkshire and the Humber are more than five times higher than the second hardest hit region, the North East, which saw a drop of 7,000.
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London, on the other hand, saw an increase of 40,000 private sector jobs, meaning for every job lost in our region, one was created in the capital.
Dave Oglesby, organisation officer for the GMB union in Hull, said: "Forty thousand job losses in such a short space of time is a huge figure. When I found out, it took my breath away. It is shocking.
"This area has historically been blighted by job losses and lack of investment, but these figures show the north/south divide is now really coming to the fore.
"If you look at the job losses at BAE Brough, for example, people say the Siemens facility will provide jobs to fill the gap, but we will not gain new jobs.
"It is just replacing jobs that have already been taken away. And worryingly, I think the situation will get worse."
The figures were revealed this week during Prime Minister's Questions in the House Of Commons.
Although they show 40,000 new private sector jobs have been created in London, Mr Oglesby argues the majority of these stem from projects such as the Olympics and are therefore not sustainable.
"Our area may be missing out on investment but nobody can say new jobs have been created in London as these are not long-term positions."
The findings coincide with new unemployment figures released yesterday, which show there are now 14,753 unemployed people in Hull.
This is 285 more than in November, and 1,693 more than this time last year.
In the Hull North constituency alone, there are more than 26 people chasing every job advertised through Jobcentre Plus.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: "You cannot get people off welfare and into work if the jobs aren't there in the numbers needed. "That's why it's such a worry that Hull North and Hull East are both in the UK's top 20 constituencies with the most job-seekers after each vacancy.
"The Government's whole approach to deficit reduction and growth relies on 'rebalancing the economy' and creating new private sector jobs to replace cuts in the public sector.
"But instead, we've lost 40,000 private sector jobs in our region, including many skilled ones. And worse is threatened – for example those at BAE Brough.
"We need action now to avoid all the waste of mass joblessness over the next few years in Hull."