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Ian Brinkley

Private sector jobs growth strong but still little impact on underlying unemployment

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

15 June 2011

For immediate release: 15 June 2011

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

“The labour market continues to defy warnings that the economic recovery has come to a halt. Private sector job growth in the three months to April compared with the previous three months was strong and dominated by full-time employment. The fall in “headline” unemployment as defined by the ILO was much stronger than expected, but is driven by more young people going into higher and further education. The recovery is still having little impact on underlying unemployment and groups such as the young and the over 50s still face challenging times. Tougher times may well be ahead, but today’s figures are encouraging.”


Notes to editors

  1. Ian Brinkley is available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
  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.