The Guardian features IEA analysis of unemployment figures
The latest employment figures again show a modest improvement in the labour market, with all the key indicators heading in the right direction. Unemployment on both the Labour Force Survey and Claimant Count figures is down, overall employment is up despite further cuts in the public sector, average hours worked are up and inactivity is down. There are concerns that youth unemployment has not fallen, and that the improvement in men’s position is greater than that for women. Regional disparities remain a big problem. Nevertheless, a positive picture, and one which suggests that the government is right not to listen to those who want it to reverse the policy of limited fiscal austerity. Instead it should press ahead with measures to deregulate the labour market and build on the trend shown in these figures.
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