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Report by Thurrock Council Economic & Social Regeneration Team
This Report analyses unemployment in Thurrock throughout the calendar year of 2003. The headline finding is that the Borough consistently registered historically low levels. As measured by the number of benefit claimants, unemployment fell below regional and county levels so that it was less that half the national rate.
This Report goes on to examine the context of these exceptional figures and discovers a fundamental contributing factor in the one-off change in local economic activity rates as supplied by the newly-available 2001 Census. Importantly this change is far more acute in Thurrock than elsewhere due to the profound social changes of the last decade which in turn followed structural changes to the local economy and population.
'Real unemployment' is therefore estimated as notably higher than the Claimant Count. Furthermore, examination of the latter shows that falls in the headline rate cannot disguise persistent problems, particularly amongst unemployed young people.
Nevertheless this has been a tremendously successful year for the local economy and figures for both job creation and business establishment show fundamental and mounting success in reversing the long-term decline of the Thurrock economy.
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Unemployment in Thurrock - March 2002 (PDF 141.6kB)
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