January 23rd, 2013

Unemployment Down to 7.7%

Fun for PMQs but Downing Street must not get too cocky before Friday’s GDP numbers.


  1. 1
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Mista Speakew, under Labour there’ll be no return to Bloomberg and bust.

    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      By how much total benefits had gone up by?

      Most people doesn’t trust the unemployment numbers.

      • 27
        Rage Against the Political Elite says:

        Ha ha ha.. I always said the education system in the UK was Shit,.. The State apparatus cant Count..

        • 33
          Anonymous says:

          Looking at it another way, population of 18 – 65 is 38 million. 29.5 million have jobs 2.5 million unemployed. What happened to the rest of 6 million, is Cameron claiming UK have 6 million disable who cannot work at all?

          We cannot include students in the 6 million in the missing figures as they do part time jobs.

      • 42
        Fishy says:

        The increase in benefits has little to do with unemployment.

        It is the Brown / Balls / Miliband changes to the structure of the benefit systemand our liabilities – tax credits (and immigration) in particular, that has seen the benefits bill rise.

        At a time of falling unemployment, the benefits bill took us into a structural deficit in the mid ’00′s.

        • 47
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Falling unemployment? But Wee Doogy has just been on the telly assuring us that unemployment has risen. I need a sit down; it’s all so confusing.

  2. 2
    Fuck Ed Miliband and the Unite horse he rode in on says:

    Labour hate it when unemployment falls. Ed will have to throw away all the pre-scripted jokes and use new ones. Is Ayesha Hazarika still getting paid £150,000 a year to be Labour’s official joke writer?

    • 6
      Steve Miliband says:

      No – it’s some unfunny ‘right on’ type. He was on a Radio five programme and was asked if he wrote Ed’s ‘gags’. Sounded rather embarrased

    • 30
      Anonymous says:

      If total unemployment is falling, total benefits paid will not be going up. This is where the problem is. Both cannot be true unless the jobs created pays much less than the jobs created.

      For e.g. engineers in Rolls losing their jobs and finding jobs with McDonald.

      • 35
        Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

        How many of those 37,000 have found jobs in Mcdonalds? Yet more discontented low paid workers getting their own back by picking their noses and sticking the snot in a burger.

        I think I’d rather have horse meat.

  3. 3
    its all bollox says:

    wot are they all doing?

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:
    • 7
      Steve says:

      You Daniel are part of the problem. You give the pro EU Tory party cover.

      If you want to serve your country join UKIP.

    • 16
      T'old Fella says:

      Those were the last 3 three month’s figures more to come at the end of the present quarter. Hannan will not leave the Cons and join UKip he would not be trusted again and he has UK hopes of becoming a tory mp

  5. 5
    Steve says:

    Romanians and Bulgarians will add further pressure to British working class seeking low paid jobs, and add an intolerable strain on the NHS, our Schools and our nations infrastructure.

    Why do I never hear anyone EU sockpuppet from the main three Lib / Lab / Con Party talkng about this tsunami of social unrest that is coming to our shores in less than a year?

    It is not racist to want to stop this mass immigration madness and preserve something of our heritage, culture, history and country for our children.

    Vote UKIP.

    • 21
      T'old Fella says:

      Steve how do you think they managed to get the London Olympic stadium built, just consider the costs of construction in London

      • 39
        WVM says:

        So British working class people are not worthy of jobs in Tory eyes?

        Righto, got it.

        • 50
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          They would have all been offered jobs if they could have given a cast iron guarantee that they would get out of bed in the mornings and be on site by 8am. Just look at the problems the security firm had trying to get enough of the layabouts organised.

          • T'old Fella says:

            Again they had to bus folks in from out of London, there is work in London but they will not travel from one borough to another next door a bit like some Con mps who insist that they need a flat near the HoC because of the travelling distance.

        • 56
          Sungei Patani says:

          Most of the recruitment for the construction of the Olympic site took place under Labour.

    • 22
      Gawd Help Us says:


    • 58
      Crabwaladr Pastry says:

      You don’t have to explain that you aren’t racist. When you do, you’re falling right into the PC morons’ trap.

  6. 8
    T'old Fella says:

    That is the government’s prefered jobless count, ie those in the first 6 months of joblessness and recieving benefits, JSA (or what ever they call it now), do not get too cocky about the last quarters figures, the present quarters figures will probably read differently.

  7. 9
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    I see labour are arguing against a £75k cap on elderly care costs, against giving the electorate an in/out referendum (so much for their belief in democracy), against trying to balance the economy and any cuts of any sort and on and on..

    Anybody know if there is anything they are in favour of?

    • 19
      Wooden nickel meets real life says:

      Making sure they are the first at the trough.

    • 40
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Censoring of the Press, immigration, the islamic republic of Tower Hamlets, spending other people’s money, the EUSSR, Fatboy Watson, UNITE, single mothers, arson and looting, blaming bankers for Brown’s almighty fuck-up of the UK economy.

  8. 10
    Stephanie Flanders says:

    Unemployment down.
    Well fuck me.

  9. 12
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    Oh please. 37,000 people have found P/T work at miniumum wage…They love Dave for it.

    • 14
      WVM says:

      Contributing to the economy and having some self respect through the dignity of work – old Labour values for the working class, surely?

      • 26
        Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

        Of course…but if you lose you £30000pa job, then spend 6 months on the dole being labelled a lazy c*unt by Dave and co, then find P/T at £6 an hr with no benefits…you are hardly gonna be a Dave fan are you

        • 43
          Mine d'Boggles says:

          If a product or service is not accepted by the prospective customers, how can that be the fault of the government of the day? Is it not a problem created by bad planning, bad forecasting, or a failure to update formerly useful products? One rarely hears about companies who have continued to be successful, but then, perhaps we Brits only enjoy bad news.

    • 25
      Wooden nickel meets real life says:

      Shame Gordy the nut, doubled the tax 10% to 20% on low pay to just piss off the NuCons.

      • 31
        T'old Fella says:

        I also remember the almost complete silence from the Cons when Gordy Boy introduced the 10% rate and the howls from the Cons when he abandoned the 10%rate

    • 28
      T'old Fella says:

      Most of those finding work will be those with families, fair enough but they will probably on benefits, single people will not be offered work because they are single, that was the case in the 80′s, nowt changes

      • 57
        Sungei Patani says:

        What evidence do you have that candidates with families are give preferential treatment over single people when applying for jobs?

        • 60
          T'old Fella says:

          It happened to me a few times in the 80′s cocky and I have no reason to doubt that it happens now, mind you I do not live in the fleshpots of London thank goodness

  10. 13
    Ed Balls says:

    I already have before I got the laady boy wife – remember?

  11. 17
    Anonymous says:

    here in Spain all the eastern Europeans have disappeared i wonder why ah thats it not rocket science they get no state aid .no fuxxing free hand outs.

  12. 18
    Eduardo Sanchez says:

    I’ve got a job going. All you have to do is smuggle some coke through Bali. Very simple task.

  13. 20
    BBC Brainwashing says:

    BBC News 24 finding time to read out one anti-referendum e-mail after another, “although the majority of them ARE supportive of David Cameron.” No doubt the BBC will now be referring to Cameron as “Satan” in all of their future news bulletins until 2015.

    • 36
      Wooden nickel meets real life says:

      Watched the Newcastle ice cream guy, he seemed to me to be on planet zog, he was on tv , that’s all he knew, what the EU was he didn’t have a clue, god help us if that’s the quality of people in business these days.

  14. 23
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    This is excellent news.

    On the basis that a healthy economy should have an unemployment rate of 3 % then in round terms we only need another 1.5 million jobs.

    140,000 jobs each month until next Christmas and we will be there.

    When the GDP figures are out this week we will be able to extrapolate economic growth and calculate tax reductions for 2014.

    Keep up this most excellent work Mr Osborne.

    If you could create 200,000 jobs a month even better.

    • 29
      Wooden nickel meets real life says:

      Dream on, if we closed the borders and stopped immigration and restricted all EU immigration to this country’s requirements and stopped the NHS importing people from the third world hospitals, like the Philipines then we will have a chance for our kids and grown ups to get a decent job, we are not the benefit providers or the job providers for the rest of the world.

      • 44
        Phil from the Wrekenton Severn Stars says:

        My kids are living in Canada and Australia .

        My eldest has promised to come home for a holiday next year .

        My youngest says she will think about coming home when we have won the war against terror.

        • 53
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Phil, use your head and go and join one of them. Bush fires notwithstanding, Oz is a great country.

  15. 38
    Ex-Tory says:

    Official unemployment is being surpressed by yet more manipulation of the figures and continued, out of control State spending. We have the worst deficit in Europe, Govt debt is f**king enornous, combined with private debt, we are the most indebted nation in the World.

    • 45
      Having a giraffe says:

      If we stop paying Child Benefit one week in every thirteen, make Charity Shops pay full rates and privatize the BBC we will soon have the Deficit licked.

      • 54
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        If we stopped paying child benefit completely, we’ll be there much quicker. Why should I pay for other people’s kids? You want/have them, you bloody pay for them yourself.

  16. 49
    Frank's son says:

    I what percentage of these figures are on a government work placement? Still unemployed but taken off the official count.

  17. 55
    No such thing as society says:

    They should be honest and rename “unemployment total” to the “amount of people who show as unemployed”. Considering all the countless ways they don’t appear.

  18. 61
    Yawn! says:

    Yes – the figure massaging continues looks good on paper but the reality is far different.

    • 62
      Anonymous says:

      and it will stay that way as long as we remain in the EU and tory business types refuse to employ the British in order to dodge National Insurance payments

      Thankfully we will be getting rid of foreigners and tories after regime change. Permanently.

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