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
Posted by dizzy at 5/18/2006 08:35:00 am