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Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics

Authors: Ian Brinkley Tom Phillips

17 November 2010

For immediate release: 17 November 2010

Weak full-time jobs recovery cause for caution despite growth in part-time work

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

“The jobs recovery is on track, but with some underlying causes for concern. Part time job growth is strong, but full time work is hardly growing at all. Indeed, for employees the number of full time jobs is still falling.

Moreover, the growth in jobs is making almost no impression on the numbers of unemployed people because many people are returning to the labour market looking for work.

We need to see full time work expand much more strongly before we can be confident that the jobs recovery is solidly grounded. And even with more full time jobs, reducing unemployment is likely to be a slow process”.

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Notes to editors

1. Total employment grew by 167,000 in the three months to September compared with the previous three months, with 142,000 coming from part time jobs. These figures include employees, the self-employed, unpaid family workers, and those on government schemes. For employees only, total employment went up by 32,000, with part time work increasing by 94,000 and full time work falling by 62,000.

2. ILO unemployment (looked for work in past 4 weeks and able to start a job in 2 weeks time) went down by just 9,000 over the same period and currently stands at just over 2.4 million or 7.7 per cent. The less comprehensive claimant count showed a monthly fall of just under 4,000 in October.

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4. The Work Foundation is the leading independent authority on work and its future. It aims to improve the quality of working life and the effectiveness of organisations by equipping leaders, policymakers and opinion-formers with evidence, advice, new thinking and networks. www.theworkfoundation.com.


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