Sunderland is UK’s hardest city to find work, according to employment website compared the latest unemployment figures with the number of vacancies in its database and found that the number of people looking for every job advertised in the city had more than doubled in six months.

The latest figures show that there were 14,495 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Unemployment Credit in the city in May, an increase of 1,340 in April and 5,595 – nearly 63% – in March, when the lockdown began.

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Sunderland is UK’s worst place to find work, website says

The job search site says competition for jobs has peaked in eight years, with the latest data showing the biggest increase in unemployment since data collection began in 1992.

Unemployment figures reveal a worrying disparity between regions, with nine out of 10 of the worst-hit cities located in the north of England and indicate that the number of job seekers competing for every job vacancy in Sunderland has increased by 120% in six months.

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Bradford is the second hardest city to find work, with Salford, Hull and Wirral completing the five hardest areas to find work

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The best cities to find jobs were Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, Winchester and Exeter, with vacancies always outnumbering job seekers. Cambridge is currently the best place to find a job with 7.3 jobs per job seeker across the city.

Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter said: “Northern cities are disproportionately affected by job losses. Our data shows that working poor have been hit hardest by job losses and we need to ensure that more is done to provide support.

“The situation is likely to worsen over the next few months as the government’s job maintenance program ends over the summer. There is a real risk that unemployment will double again by the end of the year.

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