Seaside towns hit by unemployment

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Despite the latest trend for “staycations”, British seaside resorts are being hit by unemployment.

Staycations are a result of the recession as families tighten their purse strings, more people are holidaying in the UK to save money.

However, according to the TUC, the trade union body, unemployment was at “crisis level” in many of England’s popular beach resorts and an increase in tourism is not enough to help many seaside destinations beat the downturn.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has escalated in the last 12 months - by 130% in Bournemouth, 122% in Weston-Super-Mare and 113% in Weymouth.

Furthermore, there was an increase of 111% in the Isle of Wight, 110% in Minehead and 103% in Bognor Regis.

According to TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber: “Many seaside towns have made impressive and imaginative efforts to regenerate themselves, and deserve real praise, but even the most ambitious scheme cannot buck the effects of such a deep recession.”

“Just as in the rest of the country, a whole generation of young people in seaside towns are finding it almost impossible to make the right start to their working lives,” he added.

The worrying statistics come despite figures from VisitEngland showing that holidays taken by UK residents were up by 13% in the first four months of the year - the equivalent of 1.2 million more holidays taken in England than in the same period a year ago.

The Office for National Statistics revealed earlier this month that the number of unemployed in the UK has risen to its highest level since 1995.

Official figures show that unemployment increased by 220,000 to 2,435,000 in the three months to June, and takes the unemployment rate to 7.8%. The figures equate to around 2,500 losing their jobs a day.

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