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A report by the Trade Union Congress claims that unemployment in London is running at such high levels that the cap...
A report by the Trade Union Congress claims that unemployment in London is running at such high levels that the capital falls into the 'economic north' of Britain.

The Evening Standard reports that inner city problems and race discrimination are major factors in putting London on a par with the most deprived areas of northern England for joblessness.

A worrying 15.3% of London's working-age population is jobless and looking for work. That compares to 15% for Scotland, 13.7% for the north west and 17.5% for the north east.

But the average for the south east outside London is 9.6%. The national average is 13%. In response to chancellor Gordon Brown's claim this week that there were high number of jobs available, TUC general secretary John Monks claimed the report would clarify the debate by showing the 'real' figure for unemployment.

'It would be a mistake to think we now have full employment because there is one registered unemployed person for every estimated vacancy,' he said.

'The real figure shows that there are four people who want a job for every vacancy. no one much trusted the claimant count unemployment figures under the last government, it would be a mistake to start believing them now,' he added.

A TUC spokesman said that the 'want work' total includes people from ethnic minority backgrounds who have been turned down for work. 'Our research show that they are victims of institutional racism,' he said.

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