What the papers say: Boris’s ‘indiscreet’ way with words and Project Fear comes unstuck

17 November 2016 8:32

In the run-up to the referendum, the Treasury warned that unemployment would rise by half-a-million. Today, this prophecy comes in…

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Unemployment falls – but so does pay growth

20 January 2016 13:23

The unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent in the three months to November, putting it at the lowest level…

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Ministers need to admit that benefits problems are linked to food bank use

17 December 2015 10:57

David Prior (Lord Prior of Brampton) is no toff, he’s a modest man. He had a career in merchant banking…

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The new benefits trap: why I’m proposing an amendment to the Welfare Bill

15 December 2015 15:00

One of the government’s big achievements has been helping people off benefits and back into work. But the latest stage…

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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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Osborne’s slick PMQs performance

17 June 2015 13:08

PMQs was not the normal, partisan slug-fest today. Instead, there were a slew of serious questions on the challenge of…


Unemployment down again as the jobs miracle continues

17 June 2015 11:52

Ahead of his PMQs debut, George Osborne is boosted by the news that unemployment is down again. As the chart…

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How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the…

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Guardian journalists might not like the Work Programme but jobseekers (like me) do

28 January 2015 16:20

The government’s Work Programme, launched in 2011 to help long-term unemployed people into work, has been widely condemned in the…

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The British economic recovery, in 12 graphs

23 January 2015 14:48

Everything seems to be falling into place ahead of the election for the Tories. Today’s data shows high street spending…

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Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49

With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now…

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Miliband takes on Cameron over Freud; Ukip gets a dig on recall

15 October 2014 13:48

When Ed Miliband started speaking at PMQs today you could tell straight away that he had a foul sore throat.…

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Jobs figures: good news on unemployment, bad news on wages

13 August 2014 10:30

Today’s labour market figures have enough in them for both sides of the political debate to feel they’ve got something…

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Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. And pointless

29 June 2014 10:57

I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy…


You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy…


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…


Osborne offers optimistic promise to ‘blue collar’ voters

31 March 2014 16:42

George Osborne’s commitment today that the Conservatives will fight for full employment in Britain is another way for the Chancellor…

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Jobs figures suggest Cameron and Osborne have survived their 364 economists moment

22 January 2014 11:15

What is Ed Miliband going to ask David Cameron about at Prime Minister’s Questions today now that the latest employment…

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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,…


Good news for the government: Unemployment falls again

18 December 2013 10:34

More positive economic news this morning — the unemployment rate has fallen. In the last three months, unemployment has taken…

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Science versus Arts – which degree is harder?

1 December 2013 14:00

People get competitive about the difficulty of their degrees. The accepted line at Oxford is that Science is harder than…

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The government must prevent young people from falling into the benefits trap

20 November 2013 16:24

Despite promises to be ‘tougher than the Tories’ with regards the welfare bill, shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves…

King Rib supper, single smoked sausage, pickled onions, saltnsauce. My supper yesterday, actually.

George Orwell’s lesson for Jamie Oliver

27 August 2013 17:08

Jamie Oliver, eh, what a card? Why can’t Britain’s revolting poor eat better food? If they can afford televisions they…

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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,…

Zero-hours contracts are not for everyone; but they can be a good option for those groups that can't work regular hours.

Zero-hours contracts have their place in the labour market

5 August 2013 18:32

One million people on zero hours contracts, scream the media – quoting figures released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel…