March 8, 2021

First with the Alderney News

Unemployment rises in January

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The number of people registered as seeking work rose in January from 9 to 12. There were 9 in the previous January (2020).

In Guernseyy, unemployment increased by nearly 300 in January, as the Bailiwick moved into lockdown.

These figures are a snapshot taken on the final day of January, when the Bailiwick was entering its second week of this current lockdown.

Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security, said:

“Although these figures will not come as a surprise to many, we remain committed to our efforts to provide support to those who are seeking employment.

Unfortunately it was inevitable from the moment we entered this second lockdown that unemployment would increase, but with the return of lone workers last week and the hopeful move to Stage 1 of the exit from lockdown framework shortly, we hope that this number will begin to decrease. Nevertheless, we must be realistic about the lasting impact of the pandemic on businesses globally and within the Bailiwick, and therefore on employment.”

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