Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nation of Burger Flippers

Record number trapped in part-time work, unemployment figures show

A record one million people are trapped in part-time work, masking the true extent of the unemployment crisis, official figures suggest. Just under one million – 997,000 -- are trapped in a part-time job despite wanting a full-time one, the figures suggest, a record number and an increase of 40 per cent on a year ago.

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2 thoughts on “Nation of Burger Flippers

  • cat and canary says:

    some more data/facts…

    > John Philpott, the chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: “Unemployment remained below 2.5 million in the three months to September primarily because there was a rise in part-time employment, temporary employment and contract work.

    > Alongside the figure that revealed the rise in part-time working, the total number of so-called economically inactive of working age shot up. These are the unemployed, students, housewives and anyone who cannot get or has chosen not to look for a job. This figure has jumped by 41,000 over the past three months to hit 8 million.

    > This is the first time that the economically inactive figure has hit 8 million since the ONS started collecting jobs data nearly 40 years ago, in 1971.

    > and where are these people now working? …. maybe…The chicken chain, which already has 760 outlets in the UK, says it is doing good business during the recession as people are drawn to cheaper food.
    “KFC to create 9,000 new UK jobs” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7892240.stm)

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  • Does anyone report on total UK salaries earned? That would be an interesting stat.

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