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Charles  Levy

Labour market gathers pace, but groups left behind

Authors: Charles Levy

13 November 2013


Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Charles Levy, senior economist at The Work Foundation, said:

“Our labour market has moved into recovery mode. We are now creating new jobs at a rate of 177,000 every three months. Encouragingly this jobs growth is dominated by full time and employee jobs, reversing the recent trend towards part-time working and self-employment. This improving situation is impacting on both unemployment and economic inactivity, and both are now falling.

“However, the benefits of this recovery are not felt by all. Wages are falling behind inflation. Close to 1.5 million individuals are working part time because they can not find full time work, a figure which continues to increase. Youth unemployment remains stubbornly high with both long-term youth unemployment and the number of unemployed 18-24 year olds increasing.

“This recovery will give the Chancellor more room for manoeuvre as he prepares for next month’s Autumn Statement. He must find ways to support these groups into work if this recovery is to prove sustainable.”


Notes to editors

  1. Charles Levy and Ian Brinkley 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.
  3. We have today released a report on youth unemployment, Life and employment opportunities of young people with chronic conditions. Youth unemployment is almost twice as high amongst young people with chronic conditions (24% of 16-24 year olds with a work limiting disability are unemployed, compared to 14% of those without a disability). The report published today shows that seven out of ten (72%) young people with chronic conditions felt at risk of unemployment during the recession, while 97% attend work when ill due to fear of job loss. The findings reveal negative social attitudes towards chronic conditions, in schools and amongst employers, are leaving many young people at risk of low earnings and exclusion form the labour market. A copy for the report, is available from the press office. Interviews are also available with Dame Carol Black and a young person with experience of stigma from an employer.   

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