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Ian Brinkley

Unemployment set to rise as jobs recovery comes to a halt

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

17 August 2011

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


“The labour market recovery has come to a shuddering halt. The few new jobs created were largely temporary, and with so few new full-time jobs on offer, there was a big jump in the number of people forced to take part-time work. Even more worryingly, the rise in unemployment measured by the ILO definition was concentrated among some younger age groups. With few signs that the recovery will significantly gather pace over the next six months, the prospects must be for higher unemployment by the end of the year.”



Notes to editors


  1. Notes: all figures Labour Force Survey using International Labour Organisation definitions and comparing April-June 2011 with the previous three months. Total employment went up by 25,000 and temporary employment went up by 20,000. The number of people working part-time who said they could not find a full-time job went up by 83,000, taking the total of involuntary part-time workers to nearly 1.3 million. Unemployment among 18-24 year olds went up by 20,000 and among 24 to 34 year olds by 38,000. However, unemployment fell for 16 and 17 year olds and for those over 34 years old.
  2. Ian Brinkley is available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
  3. 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, LancasterUniversity acquired The Work Foundation, forming a new alliance that enablesboth organisations to further enhance their impact.




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