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Unemployment figures: Full regional breakdown

A breakdown of unemployment figures published by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted economic differences across the country:

Region, Total unemployed, Change on quarter, Unemployment rate

  • North East, 134,000, plus 1,000, 10.3%
  • North West , 270,000, minus 24,000 , 7.9%
  • Yorkshire/Humber, 235,000, minus 8,000, 8.4%
  • East Midlands, 149,000, minus 28,000, 6.4%
  • West Midlands, 222,000 , minus 32,000, 8.1%
  • East of England , 178,000 , minus 7,000, 5.7%
  • London, 354,000, minus 18,000, 8.1%
  • South East, 244,000, minus 29,000, 5.3%
  • South West , 187,000, plus 15,000 6.8%
  • Wales, 108,000, minus 12,000, 7.2%
  • Scotland, 176,000, minus 25,000, 6.4%
  • Northern Ireland, 63,000, plus 1,000, 7.3%

Read: Unemployment falls 167,000 to 2.32 million

£10 million scheme to help unemployed young people

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Almost 35,000 young people in London are facing "severe barriers" to work by not accessing any training or forms of support. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new £10 million scheme is being launched to help long-term unemployed young people in London find work.

Organisation London Youth, said the money from the Big Lottery Fund will be used over the next five years to support 18 to 24-year-olds in the capital into training or jobs.

The announcement came as research by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) found that almost 35,000 young people in London are facing "severe barriers" to work by not accessing any training or forms of support.

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of London Youth, said: "The young people we work with across London consistently tell us that they want to learn new skills and have opportunities for fulfilling careers, but too often they struggle to find the right path."

Call to help unemployed youngsters feeling 'hopeless'

Jobless youngsters are facing "devastating" symptoms of mental illness, often self-harming or even contemplating suicide, new research has revealed.

Woman looking into the window of a job centre as unemployed young people want to be in work or education Credit: PA

A study for The Prince's Trust found that long-term unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds are twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants, and believe they have nothing to live for.

More than 2,000 young people were surveyed, with 40% of those who were out of work saying they faced symptoms of mental illness.

Tower Hamlets sees biggest demographic change

The biggest changes have been in Inner East London.

Tower Hamlets - where Canary Wharf has boomed, 1st on every indicator, highest population change at 28.8%, highest employment change at 50% and highest population density with 324 residents per hectare.

The pressures for growth in London are so high that there is little surburban decline in population terms, although employment has been declining significantly in outer London.

– Duncan Smith, citygeographics.org

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Maps highlight changes in employment across London

The census data has also been used to show changes in where people are working around London. The brighter the colour, the greater the change of employment density.

Map showing changes in emplyment density in London comparing census data from 2001 and 2011
Map showing changes in emplyment density in London comparing census data from 2001 and 2011 Credit: luminocitymap.org
The greatest concentration of employment growth has been around London's West End
The greatest concentration of employment growth has been around London's West End Credit: luminocitymap.org
There has also been a surge in employment around Docklands
There has also been a surge in employment around Docklands Credit: luminocitymap.org
Looking further west, areas around Hammersmith are also glowing, indicating a rising area of employment
Looking further west, areas around Hammersmith are also glowing, indicating a rising area of employment Credit: luminocitymap.org

Maps highlight dramatic changes in London's population

A new series of maps have been published showing the dramatic changes in London's population density. The maps have been compiled using census data from 2001 and 2011. The brighter the colour, the greater the change.

Map showing changes in population density Credit: luminocitymap.org
The City of London and Mayfair are the least densely populated in the darker areas Credit: luminocitymap.org
The black strip shows the Lower Lea Valley. When census data from 2021 is added, this is likely to light up as population grows
The black strip shows the Lower Lea Valley. When census data from 2021 is added, this is likely to light up as population grows Credit: luminocitymap.org
Close-up, you can see areas with high rise developments, particularly to the east have areas of high density population
Close-up, you can see areas with high rise developments, particularly to the east are densely populated Credit: luminocitymap.org

Taker a look at an interactive version of the map here.

Project aims to tackle area's huge unemployment

  • Just 61.2% of Tottenham residents are in employment: among the lowest 10% in England
  • 21.1% of Tottenham residents claim some form of out of work benefits
  • 7.4% of Tottenham residents claim Job Seekers AllowanceL among the 5% highest in England
  • Northumberland Park, the ward where the project is based, has the second highest JSA claim rate in London
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