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Ian Brinkley

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics

Authors: Ian Brinkley Tom Phillips

19 January 2011

For immediate release: 19 January 2011

Jobs recovery halts as public sector cuts bite 

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

'The labour market recovery has come to an abrupt halt as accelerating job losses in the public sector and lack of overall growth in jobs in the private sector start to bite. Women’s employment has been especially badly hit. The consequent rise in unemployment would have been worse but for the fact that many women have become “economically inactive” and stopped looking for work.'


Notes to editors

1. Total employment and unemployment are from the Labour Force Survey and compare the three months to November with the previous three months. Over these periods total employment fell by 69,000 and total unemployment went up by 49,000. The number of people who were economically inactive (not in work or actively seeking work) went up by 111,000 (all figures all over 16).

2. The estimates of public and private sector employment by the ONS are slightly less timely and show that between June and September employment in the public sector contracted by 33,000 and employment in the private sector showed zero growth.

3. Women’s employment fell by 54,000 comparing the three months to November 2010, with a 14,000 fall in male employment. However, women’s unemployment went up 6,000 compared with a rise of 43,000 for men. The number of women who became economically inactive went up 90,000 compared with an increase 21,000 among men.

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