UK house prices increase almost five time more in areas with low unemployment

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Houses prices in the UK have increased by an average of almost £90,000 in the past decade in areas with lowest unemployment rate, the latest research data shows. This is almost five times more than in those area with high unemployment and the 10 areas with largest drop in unemployment saw house prices increase by 76%, according to the research report from Lloyds Bank. It means that the gap in house prices between areas with the highest and lowest levels of unemployment has widened significantly over the past 10 years. Average house prices in the 20 local authorities with the lowest rate of unemployment have risen by £89,446 since 2006, nearly five times the rise for those with highest unemployment, which increased by just £18,657 over the same period. The average house price for those high unemployment areas is £139,520 which is £102,655 or 42% below the national average price of £242,175. By contrast, areas with the lowest unemployment rates have an average price of £352,224 to £110,049, some 45% higher than the national average. ‘Employment boosts consumer confidence, helps put more cash into customers’ pockets and makes it easier to secure a mortgage, all of which drives increased housing activity,’ said Lloyds Bank mortgage products director Andrew Mason. ‘Unfortunately, in areas where more people find themselves out of work, house prices can stall as people are financially less able to progress up the property ladder, reducing demand. There are, however, other factors which affect house prices such as lower mortgage rates, improved affordability and low housing supply which will have contributed to rising prices in the past decade,’ he added. The 10 areas which have seen the largest falls in unemployment since 2006 recorded an average price increase of £200,155 or 76% to £464,373. Nine of these local authorities are in London, with Haringey, Hackney, Southwark and Waltham Forest seeing average home values almost doubling in the past decade. Over the same period these 10 areas recorded an average decline in unemployment claimants of 2.4% from 4.7% to 2.3%, four times the national decline of 0.6% from 2.5% to 1.9%.This is in marked contrast to the 10 areas with the poorest unemployment performance where unemployment claimants increased by an average of 0.5% since 2006, with average house prices growing by only £24,587 or 18%. Seven of these 10 areas are in the North West. In the UK as a whole over the past 10 years, average house prices grew by 34% or £61,575, whilst the average unemployment rate was 3%. Excluding London, the average price growth for Great Britain fell to £47,920 or 29%. The Lloyds Bank report also reveals that: The 10 areas with the lowest unemployment rates show an average house price rise of £107,000 or 36% since 2006. The four areas with the lowest average unemployment rate of 1% over the decade, Hart, West Oxfordshire, Mole Valley and North Dorset, recorded house price gains of between 33% and 44%… Taylor Scott International

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