by Owen Temple on 10 December, 2013
When it suggests that things are improving under the coalition government, it seems.
At this morning’s Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny meeting we were told that there had been a “small” fall in youth unemployment in the county. At a 22% fall over the last twelve months I didn’t think it was that small. And I thought it was really good news, despite the fact that there are still far too many young people without jobs
We were also told that there had been a “small” rise in the percentage of people in a job last quarter, though for the number of people employed to rise by 2% in just three months (4,800 more people in jobs) is actually pretty encouraging, and I expect that 4,800 are really happy about it.
We all know that everything isn’t rosy – and certainly not for those people still trying very hard to get into work – but there’s something wrong when we can’t take any pleasure in what Good News there is.
And just to keep balance, here’s a fact we we should all be really worried about. The proportion of Job Seekers Allowance claimants claiming for one year or more rose from 34.54% last quarter to 36.12% this quarter, although the actual number of long term claimants has fallen from 4,970 in June to 4,740 in September.1 Comment