Unemployment

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

Economy continues greying as unemployment falls

17 July 2013 21:30

As ever there’s good and bad news in today’s jobs numbers. Unemployment fell by 57,000, but the number of people…

David Cameron sings the good jobs news, but can Labour deal with green shoots?

12 June 2013 18:00

There was plenty for David Cameron to sing about at today’s PMQs when it came to the ONS’ latest labour…

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…

Has the jobs recovery stalled?

17 April 2013 16:39

The number of people in work in December to February was 29.698 million — lower than last month’s 29.732 million…

Margaret Thatcher in six graphs

10 April 2013 12:58

With the debate swirling about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy and her government’s record, it’s worth taking a look at what the…

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…

Cait Reilly speaks to the press after yesterday's Court of Appeal judgement. Picture: PA

The government’s work experience scheme isn’t headed for the plug hole

13 February 2013 9:00

Depending on which paper you read this morning, the government’s work experience scheme is either heading for the plug hole…

James Purnell tried to introduce reforms to welfare with the same principles that Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are discussing today. Picture: Getty

Labour revisits old welfare ghosts with its jobs guarantee

4 January 2013 9:35

Dig out the bunting, fly the red flags in celebration, for finally we have a policy from the Labour party.…

Will 2013 bring an end to unpaid internships?

17 December 2012 19:45

It’s a bit early for predictions for 2013. But my feeling is that it could be the year of the…

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…