Can we really trust the economists on EU immigration?

13 May 2016 10:49

A recent Coffee House blog quite rightly noted that many British people are concerned that high levels of immigration have hurt…

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Jobs miracle or low-pay disaster? Andrew Lilico and David Blanchflower debate

14 December 2015 10:00

Dear David, From Q2 1979 to Q1 1981, quarterly real GDP fell in the UK by 5.5%. Unemployment rose rapidly,…

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Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…


Record employment figures create more problems for Labour

18 February 2015 13:06

Britain has reached its highest ever level of employment. According to new figures from the ONS, the employment rate has…


Rachel Reeves’s ‘staggering’ and ‘astonishing’ future of welfare speech

7 August 2014 11:26

Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, gave a speech earlier this week on the future of the welfare…

'Would you like fries that?' Liam Byrne back in the Maccas saddle.

Liam Byrne’s burger flip

24 June 2014 11:08

‘As someone who started work behind a fry station in McDonald’s, I know that any job is better than no…

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The British jobs miracle, in six graphs.

13 June 2014 14:20

No one quite expected it, and even now ministers struggle to explain it. But the British jobs miracle has become…


The British jobs miracle – explained in five graphs

16 May 2014 17:58

The British jobs miracle continues – and in ways that continue to surprise. Your CoffeeHouse baristas have been crunching the…


Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

16 April 2014 15:52

In his blog earlier today, Fraser Nelson argues: ‘The UK jobs miracle is happening mainly due to radical welfare reform…

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It’s official: smaller state and welfare reform leads to jobs record

16 April 2014 9:53

The British jobs miracle continues, with unemployment now down below 7 per cent and employment at an all-time high of…

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The Conservatives’ moral mission: jobs, jobs, jobs

1 April 2014 10:56

Remember Labour’s defining mission: ‘education, education, education’? Yesterday we had the Conservative equivalent ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’. In what some might…

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Esther McVey shows that the Tories are aggressively on message

31 March 2014 17:23

Work and Pensions Questions in the Commons has long been a battle between the two main parties for the moral…

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The British jobs miracle

19 March 2014 22:38

George Osborne rather glossed over the single most solid piece of good news in the Budget today: the Jobs Miracle.…

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Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians,…

An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Nick Clegg tells the Lib Dems, we’re the party of jobs

14 September 2013 20:03

The Lib Dem conference rally was never going to be the same without Sarah Teather and her comedy routine. With…

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Unemployment figures: All good news?

14 August 2013 17:20

Unemployment is down, there are fewer people claiming jobseeker’s allowance, and more people are in work than ever before. So,…

Is Britain working?

Unemployment rises… or does it?

15 May 2013 15:29

Today’s job statistics are, as usual, mixed — and even a touch confusing. Last month, the headline was that the…

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The Creative Employment Programme: a genuine ‘what works’ policy

14 March 2013 15:52

Around the country, a roadshow is taking place that could transform the way young people are employed in this country.…

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Fag break Britain: four answers to Britain’s productivity puzzle

1 March 2013 11:52

Jobs are being created in Britain, but the economy isn’t growing. In the last year, the number of people in…

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Good news on employment, but don’t expect it to keep coming

20 February 2013 14:03

Today’s jobs figures are pretty unambiguously good news. The number of people in work rose by 154,000 in the last…

What does the loss of 800 jobs at a Honda factory in Swindon really mean? Picture: Getty Images

Honda job losses should be put in perspective

11 January 2013 18:36

News of 800 job losses at Honda’s Swindon factory are making the headlines — factory closures always do. They can…

Is Britain working?

Private sector growth pushes employment to new record high

12 December 2012 13:07

The number of people in work in the UK hit 29.6 million in August-October – the most ever — according…

Graphic: Carla Millar

Employment has recovered from the recession, but wages haven’t

14 November 2012 15:00

Today’s employment figures don’t contain much new to shout about. The number of people in work — although it rose…

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The great City of London exodus gathers pace

12 November 2012 16:47

Why not tax the bejesus out of the City and tighten regulation? Yes, the bankers will moan — but it’s…

Is Britain working?

Employment returns to pre-crash levels

12 September 2012 14:30

Employment has almost entirely recovered to its pre-recession peak, according to today’s new figures. Total employment for May to July…