Thursday, 18 June 2009

One in Ten on the Dole...


The unemployment figures having been released yesterday, seem no longer to command any prominence in the wider media and press, or at least that's what it seems to me, more coverage was given to the bizarre and outlandish collection of hats, showing up on the heads of the brave, rich and foolish at Royal Ascot. In the meantime back in London male unemployment has hit new heights, one in 10 men are on the dole for the first time in a decade. The figures show that London's poorer areas are faring worst. In Hackney and Shoredicth 10.1 per cent of men and 7.4 per cent of the total population now depend on £64.30 a week jobseekers' allowance. The figures came on the day that the national total hit 2.26 million, a rise of 232,000 and the worst tally since the end of 1996 the year before New Labour came into being.

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