North Lincolnshire has above average long-term unemployment

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 May 2017

North Lincolnshire has especially high rates of long-term unemployment, well above the national average for England.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics saw 643 people unemployed for more than 12 months, or one in every 162 working-age people.

The situation was worst in North East Lincolnshire. A total of 889 people in the area were claiming job seeker's allowance for more than 12 months in 2016.

That translates to one in every 110 working-age people in the area facing long-term unemployment - one of the highest rates in England, and more than twice the national average.

Across the country, 129,466 people were unemployed for more than a year in 2016, or one for every 268 people aged 16 to 64.

However, the good news is that everywhere in the region has been seeing rates of long-term unemployment go down steadily over the last few years.

In 2013, for example, North East Lincolnshire had 1,804 people who had been out of work for more than a year - more than twice as many as in 2016.

Similarly, North Lincolnshire also saw twice as many people facing long-term unemployment that year, with 1,288 people in this situation.

According to Public Health England, who published the figures, there are serious health ramifications to being out of work for long periods of time.

Unemployment is associated with an increased risk of ill health and death, and there are relationships between unemployment and poor mental health and suicide.

As well as higher self-reported ill health and limiting long term illness, unemployed people also see a higher prevalence of risky health behaviours including alcohol use and smoking.

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