Thursday, May 18, 2006

Unemployment up, Government says "down"


According to figures from the Office for National Statistics the total number of people out of work has climbed by 177,000 to 1.59m during the past year, and by 44,000 during the first quarter period of January to March 2006. This puts the jobless rate at 5.2%, a four year high.

At the same time as these statistics were released, the Employment Minister Jim Murphy said "this quarter there are more people in work and fewer people out of work, but the number of people looking for a job has increased.... We must build on this progress"

I'll be buggered if I can reconcile the Government's figures with the Government's words. Can you?

Quote taken from EPolitix

2 comments:

ajd said...
18 May 2006 09:33:00  

"fewer people out of work, but the number of people looking for a job has increased.... "

I think the answer lies in their definitoin of people out of work, and those looking for a job. It appears in their eyes, there are two types of people out of work: those that want to be and those that don't. They don't seem to understand that an unemployed person is an unemployed person, whether they are job hunting or not.

dizzy said...
18 May 2006 09:44:00  

++ungood!


 

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