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The Real Unemployment Statistics
by Xavier Connolly

New unemployment figures released yesterday show unemployment fell by 0.1% in the three months December to FebruarY. Contained in the figures was a statistic that undermines government talk of an economic upturn. This is the number of people in work. Headline unemployment has fallen the number of people in work has also fallen. What's going on?

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18 March 2010
Unemployment Falls And Rises
by Xavier Connolly

New unemployment figures released yesterday show unemployment fell by 0.1% in the three months December 09 to February 10. Contained in the same set of figures however was a statistic that damns to perdition the Labour government's talk of an economic upturn being on the way. This figure was the number of people in work. Now although headline unemployment, the number of people claiming benefits, has fallen the number of people in gainful employment has also fallen.

So what is going on?

Once upon a time he unemployment figure was a simple statement of the number of people not in work who would like to be in work or whom the government regarded as capable of earning a living and therefore a burden on the state if they were claiming benefits. In the past few decades however, as the industrial base had been undermined successive governments of both major parties have introduced a number of ways to disguise from us poor taxpayer the number of people apart from our own dependents we are actually providing for.

The first thing we must be aware of is not everyone who is unemployed claims benefits, or even registers as looking for work. One of the most destructive things for the newly unemployed as my son discovered a few years ago is that having been a team leader in a call centre he was being pressured to take jobs like hospital laundry assistant and assistant janitor in a public building. Fortunately he was able to claim he was going travelling outside the country and get himself regular gigs as a singer - guitarist. Many people who find themselves in the same boat seek similar options and simply drop below the radar. The claimant count numbers are highly misleading if we seek to know how many unemployed people there are.

On top of that people who lose their jobs or who fail to find suitable work are encouraged to go back into full time education, people who suffer long term but minor ailments are declared disabled, there are those who drift off into the dark economy, finding they can do better trading on e-bay, buying and selling goods at car boot sales or peddling fake DVDs, CDs, designer clothes and contraband cigarettes and tobacco in local pubs.

On top of those there are the many thousands driven into part time work. An able bodied person who would work 35 hours a week but can only find a job that offers 20 hours is for statistical purposes counted as having a job. Clearly anyone who only has half a job and whose income is supplemented by the state should be counted as half an unemployed person.

On top of that there is the effect of the burgeoning public sector, the tax eaters as 19th century social reformer William Cobbett called them. Since the beginning of the recession employment in the public sector has grown by over 100,000. Jobs in those businesses that provide services to the public sector are not counted as public sector jobs but they are tax eaters all the same. It would be more fair to tell us (a) how many taxpayers are providing for how many economically inactive people and (b) how many people who generate real wealth are keeping how many tax eaters.

We have done some rough calculations and the figures would shock you. Take into account those who are not able to contribute for very good reason such as children, the genuinely disabled, as well as the genuinely unemployed, the won't work brigade, the useless fuckers and the old and we reckon every person working in a commercial venture producing real income for the economy is actually providing for five others.

And you wondered where your money was going?

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