Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Unemployment ‘Almost Unchanged’: Long-Term Jobless Rises.

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The BBC Reports.

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 9,000 in the three months to September, leaving total unemployment almost unchanged at 2.45 million.

The overall unemployment rate was also unchanged at 7.7%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The data showed that the claimant count – those out of work and receiving benefits – also fell slightly in October, by 3,700 to 1.47 million.

This reversed a 5,300 rise in the claimant count the previous month.

The overall picture remains one of a jobs recovery that is much more sluggish than after previous recessions, analysts say.

Businesses are reluctant to take on full-time workers due to their concerns over the longer-term economic outlook”

End Quote Howard Archer chief UK economist, IHS Global Insight Part-time jobs

Overall employment in the UK economy increased by 167,000 in the three months to September, compared with the previous quarter, reaching 29.19 million, according to the ONS’s statistical bulletin.

This suggests that while some unemployed people are finding jobs, the total pool of unemployed workers is being replenished by inactive people who are choosing to re-enter the workforce by actively looking for work again.

However, most of the new jobs created were only part-time.

“Part-time workers now account for 27.3% of total employment, which is up from 25.4% at mid-2008,” said Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight.

More  Here.

The TUC had already commented,

Union leaders have complained of a “distinct lack of jobs” in the UK, highlighting figures showing that the number of long-term unemployed has doubled since before the recession, with the highest number in Birmingham.

The TUC said almost 250,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales had been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for at least a year, twice as many as at the start of 2008.


Ipswich Unemployed Action says,

Our indicators of unemployment-leading-to-destitution are clear. The ‘being-asked-for-money’ in the street rate continues to rise in Ipswich. From a couple of times a week it has reached at least once a day.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

6 Responses

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  1. The figures are a complete fudge anyway. Having been sent to an employment zone contractor for 13 weeks, I now find I am classed as a new claimant, despite having been singing on for nearly 2 years. During my 13 weeks on employment zone it would appear I was not part of official unemployment statistics.


    November 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

  2. Yeah, those doing a MWRA period “working” are classified as “in training” and not “unemployed”.

    No MP’s seem to want to clean up the statistic fiddling. I don’t blame them, we probably have one of the highest REAL unemployment rates in the world per capita.

    Work Programme

    November 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  3. […] New Deal: Cost £31,284 per job! As long term unemployment rises with unemployment remaining steady, Work Programme Network can reveal that the failed Flexible New Deal scheme has cost half a billion […]

  4. I can ensure you this figure is only this low due to many part time work being unsustainable.

    Work Programme

    November 18, 2010 at 8:25 am

  5. I suspect as well that the people begging in Ipswich are not in the Unemployed figures.

    Andrew Coates

    November 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

    • I am going to find out that whether those who are sanctioned (active claim but no money) are included or not in the figures.

      Work Programme

      November 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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