Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Good News ?

Unemployment claimant count falls

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit fell three times faster than expected in March, but the rate of unemployment on the broader ILO measure rose to its highest in almost 14 years in the three months to February, official data showed on Wednesday.

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10 thoughts on “Good News ?

  • Somewhat off topic, but worthy of a comment..

    Unemployment claims down 33,000, while number without work up 42,000.. in just one month, an extra 75,000 people are both not working and not claiming unemployment benefit..

    ..what’s going on here?? – Has the number on incapacity benefit rocketed by any chance??

    Methinks the govt is fiddling the figures ahead of the election…

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  • convenient the figures are down just before fat man idiot gordon goes to the polls, does he really think we are that stupid

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  • The headline over at the BBC is surprising; “UK unemployment increases to 2.5m.” They then go on to detail the fact claimant count fell. How long before the story is spun the other way around I wonder?

    Not to worry though, the recovery is locked in now…

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  • The unemployment claims number should be ignored. I know who have lost their jobs but don’t claim it and there are others who are not entitled to any benefit because they have savings etc. The ILO is a more accurate measure of unemployment and shows all the jobs created since 1997 have more than vanished. If our economy was structurely has sound it is has been portrayed then surely we shouldn’t be going back to the same level of jobs we had at the end of the last recession?

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  • This is not Off Topic, OK.

    The reduction of unemployment numbers is entirely due to the JOBCENTRE PLUS instigating New Labour’s political divisive methods of Bullying, Harassment, Victimisation, Manipulation, Persecution of ALL people unemployed and seeking work.

    Notwithstanding their large billboards inside their premises, on which they claim that they are HERE TO HELP, one can see clearly see by reading the sample of search engine results listed below, that JOBCENTRE PLUS like Gordon Brown are not only Bullies, but they are also breaking EU laws across a broad spectrum, these include Fair Competition and Human Rights. Their facade is so nice but absolutely Covertly Hostile.

    Introvert personality types are at most risk from their strategies as they are the least able to defend themselves. Whereas, Extrovert personality types like myself, would tell JOBCENTRE PLUS their fortune and where to get off. Hence, either way, their second recourse is to depend on their 6 foot 6 bouncers that hovers around the waiting area leaning on his lectern: And their third recourse is to call the police to do their bullying.

    By using bullying to reduce the official numbers of unemployed, JOBCENTRE PLUS is just one of the many instruments that New Labour have structured to prop-up the housing market and this country’s false facade of economic and political competence.


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  • cat and canary says:

    uncle tom,

    “Unemployment claims down 33,000, while number without work up 42,000..”

    … is there any evidence that Labour are tightening the claimant regulations? e.g. deliberately targeting the “work shy” and forcing them off job seekers for not accepting a job at pound land?

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  • UK unemployment leaps to 15-year high
    Adrian Holliday
    Apr 21st 2010Text SizeAAAFiled under: Economy, Public Services, Election 2010

    Unemployment is now at its highest level since the end of 1994. New stats show the UK now has 2.505m people without work according to just-out figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

    The jobless figure jumped a worrying 43,000 in the last three months. The news will temper hopes that the UK is now pulling strongly out of a brutally tough recession.

    The government numbers game
    Looking deeper at the stats, long-term unemployment – those without work for more than a year – climbed by 110,000. However, these figures include those who are ill, studying or are looking after children.

    Better news though is that the number of people on jobless benefits actually dipped by nearly 33,000 last month to 1.54m. In other words, although the top-line figures looks bad, it’s complicated.

    It gets more complex when you factor in the sheer amount of training schemes about – which also keeps people, particularly young people, off the official stats. In the last three months alone, the number of people on training schemes leapt by 11.2% to 12,000.

    There may be (more) trouble ahead
    Storing up more trouble in the future? Colin Ellis, European economist at Daiwa Capital Markets, told the Times he thought such schemes just delayed the inevitable.

    “With private sector job creation still a long way off, the risk is that, while these students do not currently boost measured unemployment, trouble is just being stored up for further down the line,” he said.

    Don’t forget that we’re about to shed a load more jobs too – public sector ones, as all three main political parties are now owning up to. Some economists are already talking about 250,000 being cut in local government and 100,000 in the NHS. Possibly.

    Unemployment is rising and will continue to rise. A jobless recovery, then?

    Links (opens in new window)

    UK unemployment surges to 15-year high – Times
    UK unemployed hits 2.5m – WSJ
    Scottish unemployment rises – BBC

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  • cat…@5

    I have been unemployed now for nearly 6 months, I am Technical Manager for iDTV services by profession, a bit specialist which is why I am finding it difficult to secure full time employment again (I have applied for over 200 jobs!!). Incidentally, I also have more than £16k savings which means I have to claim contribution based JSA which is limited to 6 months only and my period of being able to claim this amount comes to an end in two weeks. I will then ‘drop’ off the claimants total and as such would make up the next round of ‘reduction in claimants’!

    Thus, I will still be economically inactive but with my savings (I am very prudent, wish I wasn’t by the way as it appears to have done me no favours) I am no longer entitled to claim despite having a good job for the majority of my career and paying shed loads into the social kitty!

    I wonder how many more in my position there are out there?

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  • cat and canary says:


    I think your case is a good example of how this recession has hit a broad spectrum of people with many skills. I imagine that when you visit the job centre, they have no concept of what you do! True? I reakon a lot of people are in your position. Guess you wont be voting Labour?!

    Incidently, the ONS figures on unemployment are interesting if you look solely at the graphs in

    …The general trend seems to have been flat for the past few months, but many of the figures throughout the article seem to be taking a turn for the worse now.

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  • Sounds like they’ve shifted people off Jobseekers allowance onto something else to flatter the JSA figures… mendacious, scheming, dishonest bunch of thieving politicians.

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