Just over a week ago, the Herefordshire Information and Research Network held a seminar on the effect of the current economic downturn on Herefordshire.
For those not at the seminar, the presentations are available from Herefordshire’s website. The presentations provide a useful insight into how the developing downturn is impacting employment, housing, tourism and crime.
The number of claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance in Herefordshire rose by 73.35% from April 2008 to January 2009. Only Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin saw a higher percentage increase in claimants in the West Midlands over the same period.
The average duration of a Jobseeker’s Allownace claim shows a downward trend over an eighteen month period to January 2009.
However, Herefordshire still has a relatively low unemployment rate of 2.5% compared with the regional rate of 4.5% and national rate for England of 3.4%.
The greatest number of redundancies notified to JobCentre Plus were in the manufacturing sector, with Hereford the worst affected area in the county.