17 Oct

the void

The figures speak for themselves.  Whilst the headline figure claims that the number of unemployed people has fallen by 50,000, it takes seconds to discover an explanation for this.

According to this months Labour Force Survey:

the number of self-employed people increased by 35,000 to reach 4.20 million

the number of unpaid family workers (people who work in a family business who do not receive a formal wage or salary but benefit from the profits of that business) increased by 2,000 to reach 112,000

the number of people on government supported training and employment programmes increased by 13,000 on the quarter to reach 158,000″

Which, if you add them up, comes to a round 50,000.

Self-employment and “government supported training and employment programmes” (otherwise known as workfare) have been behind much of the recent fall in unemployment.  There is no evidence that all these new self-employed people…

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