Unemployment

The Autumn Statement in 7 graphs

6 December 2012 18:18

1. Growth evaporating. The Office for Budget Responsibility once again downgraded its growth forecasts for 2012-13 and, for the first…

Tata Steel’s job cuts, a tale of 2 press releases

23 November 2012 14:39

Today brings bad news that Tata Steel is to cut 900 jobs in the UK (at plants in South Wales,…

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…

Jobs figures show a move in the right direction

17 October 2012 11:22

Recently, we’ve been used to the economic figures being either bad news or mixed news. So today’s employment stats come as…

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…

Good jobs news goes against grain

15 August 2012 11:16

Ministers are generally cautious in welcoming falls in unemployment in case they represent a blip for just one quarter. But…

All eyes on the Work Programme

18 July 2012 11:30

Today’s headline figures on unemployment are good news: a 65,000 fall in the number of unemployed people to 2.58 million in the…

Let’s get to work getting our veterans back to work

6 July 2012 13:00

The cutting of 17 army units by 2020 was never going to be popular. It is over-dramatic to suggest we…

Miliband’s misdiagnosis

22 June 2012 9:00

Ed Miliband will give a speech on immigration later today, marking out the territory on which he plans to engage…

Economic lessons from Germany

12 June 2012 0:00

The Eurozone crisis is teaching us plenty about how to recover from recessions. The nations that tried a debt-fuelled stimulus…

The ladder to fulltime employment needs a bottom rung

8 June 2012 13:15

I know it’s wrong to take John Prescott seriously, but his attack on the government’s work experience programme epitomises a…

A part-time recovery

16 May 2012 16:15

Today’s jobs figures show a 105,000 rise in employment and a 45,000 fall in unemployment, from the final quarter of…

Unemployment’s high, but at least it’s stopped rising

14 March 2012 14:41

So, new jobs figures out today. Which do you want first: the bad news, or the kind-of-alright news? The bad…

Graduates struggling to get graduate jobs

6 March 2012 19:55

Today’s ONS release will make pretty grim reading for students and recent graduates. It shows that the unemployment rate among…

Raise the tax threshhold and let youth prevail

26 February 2012 16:13

Youth unemployment is approaching crisis levels in Britain. For almost two decades, Britain’s more flexible labour market had favourable effects…

Transcript: Grayling on work experience

24 February 2012 12:51

On the Today Programme this morning, Employment Minister Chris Grayling defended the government’s Work Experience programme in light of the…

How can employment and unemployment go up at the same time?

15 February 2012 11:36

The employment level has risen since the election, according to today’s figures — albeit only slightly, from 29.0m to 29.1m.…

The Tories are extending their lead on the economy

31 January 2012 13:52

It looks like Dave’s still made of Teflon. Even after the economy shrank by 0.2 per cent and the unemployment…

The bias towards migrant workers

24 January 2012 10:19

Why are you never served by a Londoner in a London branch of Pret A Manger? I asked thisin the…

Why the government shouldn’t be confident that employment’s rising

18 January 2012 16:41

No two ways about it: today’s employment figures are difficult for the coalition. The unemployment figure’s up for the seventh…