Unemployment at 13-year high in Newham

Jobless numbers rose for the seventh consecutive month in Newham in June, according to official data.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) climbed by more than 100 in June to 11,478 from 11,364 in the previous month.

Unemployment is up by 13 per cent on June last year rising by almost 1,300 from 10,108 and is running at a 13-year high.

Newham has the second highest number of people out of work in London, behind Lambeth with 11,801.

In percentage terms, Newham is second only to Hackney, with 7.1 per cent of its population seeking work.

Youth unemployment in the borough remained the same as the previous month at 2,950 but was up by 475, or 19 per cent, on June 2010.

Newham has the highest number of young unemployed in the capital.