UK Unemployment on the Increase
economist predicted a rise in unemployment this last quarter of 70,000.
In actual fact, the total number of jobless increased by 80,000 between
May and June, the largest quarterly increase since the three months
to August 2009.
Nick Clegg quoted the head of the IMF as saying the global economy
had entered a "dangerous new phase", adding: "Far from
a one-off shock, the banking crisis has set off a chain reaction that
continues to reverberate around the globe.
But that does not mean we are helpless. It does not mean we intend
to sit on our hands while the economy falters." Mr Clegg said
the government would back major infrastructure projects to stimulate
the economy. David Cameron told the house during P.M.’s question
time that he would not spend to create growth or jobs.
Cameron again started pulling statistics out of the air, when he came
under pressure regarding the high unemployment figures. He was asked
several times by Ed Milliband what he was going to do about the high
unemployment figures, Cameron did say he sympathised with people out
of work, and would do all he could.
During Prime Minister’s Questions, 14 September 2011,
David Cameron said
“These figures are disappointing but we shouldn’t ignore
the fact that since the election there are 500,000 more jobs in the
private sector and employment overall, there are 300,000 more people
in work than there were a year ago.”
Well actually we should ignore them, because they don’t stack
up. Half a million new jobs since the election is including the time
Labour was in office. The election took place half way through the
second quarter of 2010, during this quarter private sector jobs showed
a huge increase of 311,000.
this George Osborne cancelled the Education Maintenance Allowance
for teenagers who wanted to stay in education, and axed Labour’s
flagship back-to-work project, the Future Jobs Fund. Last quarter
figures for unemployment show an increase of 80,000, of which 78,000
were in the 16 to 24 year old category.
David Cameron also said that were 300,000 more people in work
that there was a year ago. The actual figures for the last year are;
Public sector jobs are down 240,000, and the private sector is up
just 264,000 in the year to the end of June 2011.This proves the second
half of Mr Cameron’s claim wrong – employment overall
has only risen by 24,000 in the last year, not by 300,000 as he claimed.
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