Unemployment higher than at any point during recession as private sector recovery stalls
14 December 2011
- Unemployment increased by 128,000 in the three months to October, while employment fell by 63,000. There are 259,000 people aged 16 – 24 who have been unemployed for 12 months or more, and 170,000 people over-50 in long-term unemployment.
- The number of employees – people who are employed by a company that is not their own – fell by 252,000 in the three months to October. However, this was partially compensated for by a rise of 166,000 in self-employment, and 24,000 extra unpaid family workers, meaning that overall employment only fell by 63,000.
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