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Isles of Scilly tops unemployment rate during pandemic

Isles of Scilly tops unemployment rate during pandemic

Published by Helen Down at 9:53am 4th June 2020. (Updated at 9:57am 4th June 2020)

New figures show seven areas in Cornwall as having the biggest increases in unemployment rates in the country during the coronavirus crisis.

Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed the increases in unemployment claimaints between March and April.

Cornwall is placed eighth in a table of local authority areas with the biggest increases with the Isles of Scilly topping the table.

Another table examining the figures even further shows that towns in Cornwall are seeing bigger rises than almost anywhere else in the UK.

St Ives, Padstow, Flexbury, Perranporth, Newquay, Looe and Camelford all feature in the table of the 10 towns with the highest increases in claimants.

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The figures are as follows:

St Ives – Claimant rate March 2020 2.5; Claimant rate April 2020 8.4; Percentage point increase March-April 5.9

  • Padstow – March 2.5, April 7.8; Change 5.3
  • Flexbury – March 4.4; April 9.6; Change 5.2\
  • Perranporth – March 1.8; April 6.9; Change 5.1
  • Newquay – March 4.9; April 9.8; Change 4.9
  • Looe – March 3; April 8.6; Change 4.8
  • Camelford – March 3.9; April 8.6; Change 4.7

The Isles of Scilly has seen its claimant rate increase from just 0.7% in March to 5.8% in April.

Overall Cornwall has seen its claimant rate go from 2.7% in March to 5.8%.

Nine of the 10 areas with the biggest increases in unemployment are local authority areas with coastal areas which indicates the impact that covid-19 has had on the tourism industry.

The figures are based on the number of working-age people who are receiving benefits to those who are unemployed. They compare the rates on April 9 to those on March 12.

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