"Jim Murphy, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, welcomed today's Labour Market figures - which show more people in work, a fall in the claimant count, and a fall in ILO unemployment"When you read on you discover that, ok, the number of people working has risen 274,000 over the past year, but that can be explained away by massive inward migration from accession states, plus people starting work for the first time in conjunction with people working longer and not retiring. But the real killer comes in the claims that there's a fall in the claimant count and a fall in ILO unemployment. It is, to say the least disingenuous.
A quick look at the notes of the press release shows that
"The number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell in December, down 5.5 thousand to 943.1 thousand. It is up 35.2 thousand over the year.Basically, the trends are up, but the Government is using a one month snapshot (which just so happens to be the month when lots of people go into seasonal work) to make tub thumping statements. Statistics are fab!
ILO unemployment is down 29 thousand this quarter but up 139 thousand on a year ago."