THOUSANDS of adults across St Helens are unemployed and thousands more are now classed as being “economically inactive”.
New figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that around 8,000 16-64-year-olds across the borough are unemployed.
But, worryingly, 30,000 are also classed as being economically inactive - out of work and not looking for employment.
The number of jobseeker’s allowance claimants in St Helens in January was 5,111.
In neighbouring Knowsley, around 8,000 are unemployed and 26,000 deemed economically inactive.
There were 5,790 jobseeker’s allowance claimants in Knowsley last month.
And, across the North West, 57,000 more people were unemployed in the October-December 2011 period than in the same period the previous year.
The number of jobseeker’s allowance claimants across the North West region last month was up 24,300 on January 2011 too.
Nationally, the unemployment figure for October-December 2011 rose to 2.67m.