Report claims seaside unemployment is higher than official figures suggest

Hastings
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The seaside towns around the south-east could be even harder hit by unemployment than previously thought, according to a new academic study.

Researchers in Sheffield say Government figures are too low and that the south-east economy is being badly affected.

Seaside unemployment figures
Report claims these are the 'real' unemployment figures in these seaside towns Credit: ITV Meridian

Apart from London, four-fifths of places in southern England with the highest unemployment are on the coast. In Hastings the real rate of unemployment is estimated to be more than 13 per cent. In Thanet it is more than 12 per cent, and in Southend 10 per cent. Those figures are roughly double the official figures. David Johns reports.