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5 jobless people fight for every advertised vacancy.

THERE are more than five unemployed people for every job vacancy advertised in Kirklees, figures released today reveal.

A survey by public sector union Unison also showed there are nine jobless people for every job advertised across Yorkshire.

The union claimed the figures showed that the coalition Government's plans to throw hundreds of thousands of public sector workers on to the dole "will see unemployment figures shoot through the roof".

The survey follows a prediction by accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers that public spending cuts would also cost up to half a million sector jobs in the private sector.

The union said: "There are already not enough jobs to go around.

"Opportunities to find work - either in the public or private sector - are set to plummet further.

Unison claimed the cost of lost tax revenue and higher take-up of unemployment benefits for the estimated 725,000 public sector workers whose jobs are at risk, would mean a massive pounds 15bn bill for taxpayers. The cost for supporting unemployed private sector workers would add billions more.

The survey - based on figures from the Office for National Statistics - shows that in Kirklees, there are 5.5 unemployed people for every job vacancy advertised. That's the eighth highest out of 22 Yorkshire local authorities.

Wakefield has 3.3 jobless people per advertised vacancy with Leeds on 4.8, Calderdale at seven and Bradford at 8.1.

Barnsley has the highest figure at 9.5% followed by Hull at 9.4. Harrogate has the lowest figure at 1.4.

Cliff Williams, head of Unison's Yorkshire and Humberside region, said: "Even now, before the major public spending cuts have hit home, there are more people unemployed in Yorkshire and Humberside than jobs to go around.

"Drastic reductions in spending, set to be outlined in the Comprehensive Spending Review (to be announced on Wednesday), will lay the groundwork for adding upwards of a million more public and private sector workers to the job loss totals."

Mr Williams added: "Heavy job losses in the private and public sector will only lock Yorkshire and Humberside into a downwards spiral until the much-feared double dip recession takes hold."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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