Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Misleading stats? I wonder how many full time people have been forced to reluctant part time jobs..
The number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen for the first time in 18 months, official figures showed. Total unemployment stood at 2.46 million at the end of November, down 7,000 on the figure three months ago. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell to 1.61 million, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said. The rate of unemployment now stands at 7.8%, down from the 7.9% reported last month. The number of 16-24-year-olds out of work also fell over the three-month period between September and November, down from 943,000 to 927,000. But the rise in employment was fuelled partly by an increase in people taking part-time work. The number of people in part-time employment increased by 99,000 over the quarter to reach a record high of 7.71 million.