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More good news about unemployment
16/05/2012 17:06:00


Today’s figures from the Office of National Statistics, showing a further fall in unemployment, are another welcome step in the right direction, though there's absolutely no room for complacency.

Total unemployment declined by 45,000 from January to March this year to 2.63 million, its lowest level since summer last year. And the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance fell during April - by nearly 3 per cent in Croydon Central. Youth unemployment was also down.

The number of people in employment has been growing for a number of months and it's good to see that the number of people unemployed is now moving in the right direction too. It's a sign that, despite the tough economic conditions caused by the uncertainty in the eurozone, the Government's policies are working and we should stick with them.

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On 16/05/2012 23:28:00 Jim wrote:
It is good news.

But how many of the youth unemployed speak Mandarin, Portuguese or Russian? Endless media coverage of the rise of the BRIC countries, but when is state education going to start delivering pupils with skills that are useful to a global market?

The euro zone fiasco shows the folly of putting our eggs in the Europe basket - a policy that I don't think the Government should "stick with".

William Hague hectoring businessmen to work harder is hardly constructive. Get on a plane to China and the UK government will fleece you in flight taxes. Invite a customer back, they'll have hassle getting a visa and be humiliated at Heathrow. There is a relentless rise in red tape, much of it from Europe, but, unforgivably, some of it home grown by this government (gold-plated anti-bribery legislation, workplace pensions, flexible paternity leave).

Every time a business needs to access a state-run service it encounters a service that is surly, expensive and slow. Be it the border agency (hours in a queue), court service (months for a hearing), NHS (hours in a queue), HMRC (never answer the phone), public transport or council services.

Services that must be delivered by the state need to be delivered more efficiently. As for the rest, the state should get out of the hair of business. The market will do the rest and that is the way to create real jobs.




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