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Full- time jobs recovery suggests economy stronger than previously thought

Ian Brinkley

18 May 2011

For immediate release: 18 May 2011

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

“These figures are much better than expected given the apparent lack of growth in the economy. The strong growth in full-time jobs is especially encouraging, as this is one of the key indicators of a sustainable recovery. It now looks likely that the economy expanded more strongly than last month’s provisional estimates for output growth suggested.
“However, the impact on the unemployment totals was modest because so many more people are entering the labour market looking for work. Young people in particular are still facing tough conditions. There is little sign of a significant recovery in the employment for those under 25. Employers looking to hire may be going for experience over youth.”


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. In October 2010, Lancaster University acquired The Work Foundation, forming a new alliance that will enable both organisations to further enhance their impact.

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