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Jobs woe for Southend
7:20am Sunday 27th May 2012 in News
MORE unemployed people in Southend have been out of work for at least six months than anywhere else in Eastern England, figures have shown.
Statistics gathered by trade union GMB have shown 49.2 per cent of people claiming unemployment benefit have been doing so for more than six months in Southend, putting it at the top of the list for the region ahead of Luton, 47.1 per cent, and Thurrock, 46.4.
In April, 5,453 residents of Southend claimed the benefit, of which 2,685 had been claiming since at least November last year.
The figures for the whole of Essex showed a total of 27,395 unemployed people, with 12,135 on the list for six months