UK unemployment rises to 6.7% in first quarter

| April 22, 2009 | 1 Comment

As the government has been preparing the budget for jobs, it has been revealed that unemployment in the UK reached 2.1 million in the first quarter and last month signalled the 13th consecutive rise.

Just prior to the budget, the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that a further 177,000 jobs have been lost, marking a 6.7 percent increase in unemployment, up by 0.6 percent from the previous quarter.

This means that unemployment is now at its highest level since just before the Labour government took office back in 1997.

In a worrying trend, those who have been without a job for more than a year increased by 49,000 in the first quarter and is now close to the half a million mark.

Hardest hit is the area of manufacturing where jobs are now at a record low of just 2.75 million with total full-time roles down by 81,000 to 21.74 million.

As a result of the job losses government revenue from taxes on income is down by 18 percent compared to last year.

It is hoped that measures to make sure that university and school leavers do not join the dole queue will help to stabilise the unemployment rate.

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  1. New Deal Scandal says:

    The government does nothing to help unemployed people back into work.

    They spend over £100m a year of taxpayers’ money outsourcing “New Deal” courses to private organisations which offer no opportunities to develop skills for the unemployed and they are just stuck in a building every day for a week doing nothing constructive at all.

    This is so the Government can mess with the figures and classify them as “in training” and not as “unemployed”.

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