Wednesday 12 December 2012

Figures reveal slowdown in new jobs and continuing long-term unemployment

The latest unemployment figures show the Tories’ claims that private employers are “picking up the slack” of vicious government job cuts are increasingly unconvincing.

While the unemployment minister Mark Hoban is trying to gloss over the slowdown the numbers show that from Aug–Oct 2012 employment increased by just 40,000 while the previous quarters increase had been 236,000 almost 6 times greater. This shows that an already weak recovery is getting weaker and points the way to another rise in unemployment next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that a reduction of 10,000 in long-term unemployment for 16-24 year-olds showed that the Work Programme was working – however an increase of 8,000 in long-term unemployment for 25-49 year olds show that for too many it was a birthday rather than a new job that took them out of the youth unemployment statistics.

More reflective of the Work Programme’s dreadful performance is the unchanged figure of 904,000 for long-term unemployment, more than half have now been without work for over 2 years. For 16-17 year-old school-leavers the numbers out of work for at least a year almost doubled to 17,000.

The paper-thin rhetoric of the government can no longer hide the fact that the employment figures have been temporarily boosted by the Olympics and flattered by employers switching to part-time labour to undercut wages and conditions. The effect of this is wearing off just as the economy looks primed to enter George Osborne’s austerity induced triple-dip recession. The likely outcome of this will be growing unemployment in 2013, with ever greater numbers entering the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

It is good news that the Labour party has said it will fight Osborne’s attempts to make the poorest pay for the crisis with his ‘welfare uprating bill’ in the new year. While the Tories pretend their poverty bill is targeted at ‘skivers’ rather than ‘strivers’ some 60% of those it will hit are actually in low-paid work and reliant on tax-credits.

Despite the reticence of some Labour MPs to include unemployed people in those they will defend from the bill Ed Miliband must not be drawn into the Tory game of ‘the undeserving poor’.Those of us who are trapped in unemployment by the failed policies of this Tory government do not deserve to face cuts to poverty level benefits, especially when they are proposed by an Eton millionaire whose handouts to his rich pals and cushy tax arrangements for corporate giants like Starbucks have left us high and dry.



  1. Rosemarie Harris said:

    I have looked for more information on this in the other papers and so far this is the best report on this subject. Most just appear to use the “Unemployment Down rather than examine the full facts.
    Even the radio coverage just said unemployment down without expanding on it!.
    Guardian is good for this as well.
    Need to spread the truth around other wise the people will be thinking the other crap is the truth.

    12 December 2012 at 10:27pm
  2. Dave Johnson said:

    1. If their is a shortage of skilled workers why don’t employers take any one on as soon as they are qualified ?
    The only excuse i get is you need experiance, without an’opportunity’ you have no chance pursuing the career you studied for.
    2. Having failed to find an employer who is willing to take you and your skills seriously, you are then faced with an uncertain future of unskilled manual labour and long term unemployment.
    3. I’m now qualified to do five jobs and have had absolutely no interest in my qualifications, just excuses:

    You Need Experiance = (“If you can do your job why can’t you have it”)

    You are overqualified = (“Another typical excuse you get when applying for unskilled manual labour”)

    You are to old. (We don’t want you)

    The job would not forfil your aspirations. (“You are much to intelligent for this position”)

    22 December 2012 at 12:58am
  3. IAN PRANKERD said:

    Another good interpretation, thanks for all the hard work.

    22 December 2012 at 7:07pm
  4. mark said:

    hmmm is it a surprise there is no jobs when employers need more workers they just get more slaves why pay for it when u can get it free

    great site keep up the good work and as has already been said well done for always providing those all important hidden figures

    14 January 2013 at 12:12am

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