Newham comes second London workless table

Newham has the second highest percentage of workless households in the capital, according to the latest official data.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reveal that 27.8 per cent of homes in Newham had no worker in 2010, just behind Westminster with 28.8 per cent.

Across the capital, 18.9 per cent of households were without work.

The study showed that sickness or disability were the most common reason for being out of work in London, accounting for 22.9 per cent of the jobless.

Another report published by the TUC, meanwhile, found that there were 10 job seekers for every vacancy in Newham in July.

The survey concluded that it was more difficult to find work in east than west London with Waltham Forest, Hackney and Redbridge among the capital’s top five blackspots with around 20 claimants to each vacancy.

Despite having the second highest number of jobless in London, Newham’s ranking in the survey was boosted by its relatively high volume of vacancies.