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Drop in full-time jobs indicates rising unemployment for 2011

Nasreen Memon

15 December 2010

For immediate release: 15 December 2010

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

'The labour market recovery has stalled, but it is premature to talk about a 'double dip' recession. The fall in employment, hitting women more than men, and rise in unemployment shown by the Labour Force Survey are small, comparing the three months to October with the previous three months. ( click on graph to enlarge)

 UK Employment Change - latest quarter on previous quarter

'The bigger concern is that we have still seen no turn-round in full-time jobs.'
'Full-time jobs are still falling and there has been a significant increase in the number of people in part-time work because no full-time jobs were available. Until full-time jobs start to increase again the labour market will not be able to absorb large-scale job losses in the public sector. Unemployment in 2011 must then inevitably rise.'

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1.       Ian Brinkley is available for interviews and briefings.
2.       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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