THIRTEEN jobseekers are chasing every vacancy in Kirklees, it has emerged.
And job hunters now outnumber advertised vacancies across Yorkshire and Humber by 10 to one.
The TUC said the figures showed that the Government’s claim that there is plenty of work still available was “scarcely credible.”
Based on unemployment statistics for January, the TUC showed that there were 9,650 people claiming jobseekers allowance in Kirklees compared with 734 vacancies advertising in Jobcentres.
That gives a ratio of 13 jobhunters to every advertised job.
Across local authority areas throughout Yorkshire and Humber, 126,723 claimants were chasing 11,772 posts – a ratio of 10 to one.
Hull was worst-hit with 22 claimants per vacancy. North East Lincolnshire was next with 21 claimants per vacancy followed by Barnsley and Doncaster on 19 each and Rotherham has 15.
Kirklees was the worst-performing district in West Yorkshire – its ratio of 13 to every vacancy comparing with 11 in Calderdale, nine in Bradford, eight in Leeds and five in Wakefield.
The TUC called for measures including short-term wage subsidies to top up workers’ pay at viable firms struggling with credit subsidies and a major public investment programmes to create new jobs in high-skilled manufacturing and the creative and green industries.
And it said Jobseekers Allowance should be increased from £60.50 a week to at least £75 a week to provide extra financial help for people who are struggling to cope – adding that would also boost the economy as unemployed people were most likely to spend rather than save any extra income.
TUC general-secretary Brendan Barber said: “Rising unemployment, which we expect to hit two million later this week, has been matched by an equally shocking decline in job vacancies.
“The Government can no longer claim there is plenty of work available when there are as many as 20 dole claimants per Jobcentre vacancy in parts of the country.”