January jobs slump hits manufacturing sector

has suffered it’s largest slump for six months, with almost 6,000 jobs lost
during the first month of the year.

GMB union said the job losses were the worst since last August, with the north
and east of the country particularly hard hit.

England was the hardest hit region with 1,722 job losses announced among 12
companies, two of which are relocating overseas.

Curran, the GMB’s general secretary, said that unless the Government started to
work towards a solution entire communities would suffer.

job losses by region

Midlands 225
Eastern 1,722
London 54
North East 425
North West 226
Northern Ireland 74
Scotland 294
South East 70
South West 704
Wales 175
West Midlands 600
Yorkshire & Humberside 391
Others 1,030

By Ross Wigham

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