Wolverhampton is one of the hardest places in the country to find a job with 19 people battling to fill each available vacancy, new figures revealed today.
Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden said the unemployment in the city has grown even when rates of people out of work are falling nationally.
Today he called for more to be done to attract private companies to invest in the city and create jobs because public sector spending is falling and jobs funded by the taxpayer will be scarce.
Competition for jobs across the country varies greatly according to the research by Adzuna, an internet search engine for job adverts.
Wolverhampton is among the worst in the country, with 19 people going for every job, while Aberdeen is the easiest place to find a job the study has shown.
The most difficult place to find work is Hull with around 55 applicants per job. In contrast, there was fewer than one jobseeker per vacancy in Aberdeen.
Mr McFadden said: “Even in the good times, employment figures were not great in Wolverhampton. Unemployment here can rise even when it is falling on average nationally. We have a lot of public sector employment and what we need is more private sector investment.”