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Labour market on the road to nowhere with rising inactivity and record underemployment

Authors: The Work Foundation Tom Phillips

15 May 2013

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, said:

“The underlying picture is of a labour market going nowhere. The total numbers in work fell and both unemployment and the number of people dropping out of the labour market increased. The changes were all negative but relatively small. Of continued concern are the persistently high levels of youth unemployment and record levels of underemployment among those in part-time jobs. Neither can be readily solved without strong employment growth in the future.”



Notes to editors


  1. Ian Brinkley and Charles Levy are available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
  2. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of society. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

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