Wednesday, 6th February 2008
ISME, the Independent Business Organisation, has outlined its concern at the latest live register figures that confirm that the unemployment level has jumped to 4.9%, the highest level since December 1999. In a week when hundreds of job losses were announced in Allergen and Jacob Fruitfield, the Association called on the Government to 'stop sitting on its hands' and address what could become a potential crisis.
According to ISME Chief Executive Mark Fielding, "while the latest figures have not come as a surprise, they are worse than initially anticipated, with an additional 22,000 people on the live register in comparison to the same period last year. While the downturn in the Construction sector has had a significant impact on job losses, what is of considerable concern is the reduction in jobs in the manufacturing sector, with employment in the sector virtually in 'freefall'
The Manufacturing sector continues to shed jobs at an alarming rate, with many companies blaming the cost environment on their current predicament. Urgent action is required by the Government to save the remaining jobs that exist in the sector and prevent these jobs being exported to cheaper destinations.
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