Birmingham worst hit for unemployment

by Rachel Crook

Birmingham has been hit hardest of all Britain's major cities when it comes to unemployment in the recession, new figures have revealed.

The midlands city - which has a population of just over one million - saw a rise of 12,383 in the number of people on unemployment benefits in the year to February, according to the study by the Work Foundation.

Such an increase took the joblessness rate in the city from 5.3 per cent to 7.3 per cent during that time, above the national average of 6.5 per cent.

During the same period Liverpool saw its unemployment rate rose from 5.3 per cent to seven per cent, while among smaller cities Hull jumped from 4.8 per cent to eight per cent.

Employees who are being affected by redundancy may wish to read Lawpack's guide on Surviving Redundancy to find out their rights and the procedures employers must follow.

Employees are being increasingly affected by redundancy, with journalists employed at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail striking over the matter following a union ballot.

  • Surviving Redundancy - An Essential Legal Guide: Use our essential guide to get expert advice on your employee rights.

Published on: April 14, 2009

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