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Crisis is hitting the vulnerable

Issue No. 2183

Despite Gordon Brown’s prediction that the worst of the recession is over, it is continuing to blight the lives of millions of people across Britain.

But the crisis isn’t affecting everyone in the same way.

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission details the way in which unemployment is hitting specific groups of workers the hardest.

Britain’s African Caribbean community has seen the highest surge in unemployment since the start of the recession in 2008.

The number out of work has leapt from 13.2 percent to 20.1 percent over the last year.

What’s more, the study pointed out that the trend has become more marked over the past six months – giving lie to the claim that the crisis is easing.

Young people have also been hit hard – with 16.2 percent unemployed compared to 12 percent for the same period last year.

The employment rate for men is at the lowest level for a decade and older men are particularly affected.

Chris Ball, chief executive of The Age and Employment Network, says, “The number of men between the age of 50 and the state pension age of 65 who are registered as unemployed for six to twelve months has grown by nearly 185 percent – almost trebling in the past year.”

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Tue 5 Jan 2010, 18:00 GMT
Issue No. 2183
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