Interactive maps shows London has borne the brunt of Covid jobs cull

How London has borne the brunt of Covid jobs cull: Interactive map shows huge split with capital accounting for a QUARTER of the 813,000 lost payroll staff during pandemic – but other areas have seen almost no change

  • London accounts for a quarter of the 813,000 payroll jobs lost during pandemic
  • Some areas such as Lancashire have seen dramatically smaller fall in employees
  • Interactive map shows the wide variation between different parts of the country 

A shocking map today lays bare the huge variation the impact of the pandemic on workers so far – with London bearing the brunt.

People living in the capital account for around a quarter of the 813,000 payroll jobs lost since last March – down by 223,000.

In parts of the city there has been a 6.4 per cent fall in the number of employees.   

The South East made up another 124,000 of the payroll slump, according to the Office for National Statistics – equivalent to a reduction of more than 3 per cent. 

However, In Northern Ireland there has only been a 10,000 – or 1.3 per cent – drop. In Lancashire the figure was 1.2 per cent.    

The ONS has produced an interactive graphic to display the change in payroll numbers over the past year – considered one of the most useful indicators for the labour market given the furlough scheme is propping up five million jobs. 

The ONS has produced an interactive graphic to display the change in payroll numbers over the past year – considered one of the most useful indicators for the labour market given the furlough scheme is propping up five million jobs

The number of UK workers on payrolls dropped by 56,000 last month and has fallen by 813,000 since March 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics

The latest data yesterday showed that overall there were 813,000 fewer workers on payrolls than in March 2020, with four fifths of the reduction among under-35s. 

The number had slumped by 56,000, following three months of increases. 

Of the 813,000 total reduction, 436,000 were under 25 years, 199,000 were aged 25 to 34, and 157,000 were 35 to 49.

Just 10,000 were aged 65 years or over.

In a glimmer of good news, the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 per cent between December and February, from 5 per cent in the previous three months. Economists had pencilled in a rise to 5.1 per cent.

The gravity-defying performance during the brutal third lockdown is thought to be down to the massive furlough scheme – with around five million posts being proppep up by the government.

There was also evidence businesses have been gearing up for the easing of the restrictions, with tentative figures showing vacancies up nearly 16 per cent in March.  

The South East made up another 124,000 of the payroll slump, according to the Office for National Statistics – equivalent to a reduction of more than 3 per cent

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