Wolverhampton has been named in the top five jobless blackspots in Britain.
Figures today revealed that the city has 27.3 per cent of its households out of work – the fifth highest figures in the country.
The new so-called workless figures also placed Birmingham fourth in the list on 27.4 per cent.
The Office for National Statistics figures cover the whole of last year and place Glasgow at the top of the list, ahead of Liverpool and Hull.
A ‘common-link’ between the worse hit areas was that they have lost industries, the Office for National Statistics said.
The percentage of households out of work in Glasgow was 30.2 per cent and in Liverpool the figure stands at 28.7 per cent. For Hull the figure was 27.6 per cent.
Emma Reynold, the MP for Wolverhampton North East said: “I am very concerned that over one in four homes in Wolverhampton have no-one aged between 16 and 64 in employment.
While the Government like to talk about an economic recovery, their policies have failed the people of Wolverhampton, driven up unemployment and failed to help people back into work. They need to change course.”
The figures appear to show a north/south divide, with many blackspots being in northern England and Scotland. The worst-performing southern town was Hastings in East Sussex, which is seventh on the jobless list.
The only other southern towns or cities appearing on the list of almost 50 were West Somerset, Barking and Dagenham, and Hackney in East London.
The UK average for workless households was 18.1 per cent for last year.
Employment Minister Mark Hoban said: “Nationally, the number of workless households has fallen by more than 425,000 since the coalition took office.
“This is good news, but we know there are areas of the country where we need to do more.
“Helping people off benefits and into work is one of this Government’s top priorities.” The top working area is south Norfolk, where just 4.6 per cent are out of work.