Unemployment dropped to 7.9% in the three months to August 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The surprise decline has triggered hopes that Britain’s businesses are starting to recover from the recession.
However, there are still 2.5m unemployed people in the UK and social housing tenants are a disproportionately high percentage of them. Unemployment levels within social housing are much higher, at 20%, revealed figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
And young people are also suffering more on the job front, with unemployment among the youth much higher than the national average, at 20.5%.
The data for Britain forms part of a wider picture across Europe, where 14m unemployed young people are costing EU member states a huge £124 billion per year.
As the Government is pushing through major welfare changes and devolving powers to communities, The Guardian is asking housing providers what contribution they can make to help their residents find work.
Social landlords can join The Guardian’s expert panel on Monday 29th October between 12pm-2pm to discuss the steps to tackling unemployment in this sector.