New unemployment figures released today show young people pay the price for government’s austerity drive

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Council jobs lost from not filling vacancies that would have gone to the almost one million young workers out of work show up in the unemployment figures today, says GMB.

A total of 101,094 jobs have been lost in local authorities in England since the general election in 2010 as public sector cuts add to unemployment levels according to the latest official figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) a new analysis by GMB, the public services union shows.

At the end of the 1st quarter of 2010 there were a total of 1,584,219 full time equivalent employees working in local government in the non-teacher workforce. At the end of the 2nd quarter of 2011 this figure had dropped by 6.4% to 1,483,124 full time equivalent employees.

GMB national secretary Brian Strutton said: “The awful reality is that in England alone while local government job losses since the general election have topped 100,000, there is still more to come.

“Council workers and their families are paying a terrible price for the government’s austerity drive. These job losses are on top of two years of pay freezes and cuts to conditions and pensions. Care workers, refuse collectors, street cleaners, social workers and all the essential front line council staff are bearing the brunt while those at the top wring their hands and look on.

“How much more are people expected to take before someone admits that the economy is on its knees and we should be supporting working people not sacrificing them?

“Many of the job losses have come from not filling vacancies that would have gone to the almost 1 million young workers out of work.”

 

  • Kent County Council tops the list for the highest number of job losses with a cut of 3,107 jobs. Before the general election Kent County Council employed 25,512 full time equivalent staff. At the June 2011 this was down by 3,107 to 22,405. This is a drop of 12.2% on the workforce prior to the election.

Next comes Manchester City Council with a cut of 2,549 jobs followed by Norfolk County Council (CC) 2,358, Cornwall CC 2,295, Leicestershire CC 2,291, Devon CC 2,110 and Lancashire CC 2,079.

 


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