Unemployment in the sub-region has risen for the second
consecutive month according to figures released by the Learning and
Skills Council Coventry and Warwickshire.
The overall number of unemployment claimants in Coventry and
Warwickshire rose to 9,956 in December 2001, up 317 from the
previous month, a rise of 3.3%.
Coventry saw the sharpest additional claimant rise, up 274,
followed by Nuneaton and Bedworth, increasing by 40, followed by
Warwick, up only 9 and North Warwickshire, adding 5 claimants.
The sub-regional unemployment rate, 2.4%, still remains well
below the national rate of 3.2%, and the figure for the West
Midlands, standing at 3.6%.
According to BBC figures overall UK unemployment still remains
under one million, despite rising by 3,200 in December 2001 - it
currently stands at 963,500.
Male unemployment in the sub-region rose by 4.5% (up 325) in
stark contrast to female unemployment which fell by 8 (down 0.3%).
Total unemployment claimants as of December 2001 per district
currently stands at:
|Nuneaton & Bedworth
LSC Coventry and Warwickshire analyst Daniel Chandler commented :
“Despite the usual decrease in unemployment in December there
were rises in benefit claimants in five out of the six districts
in the sub-region.
“The current redundancy programme at Marconi could explain
some of these figures, especially in Coventry, but overall each
district has recorded a decrease in claimants over the past twelve
months, which can continue to be lowered in 2002 as opportunities
in both the service and construction sector continue to boom.”