December 18th, 2013

Fix the Roof While the Sun is Shining Update

Everything you need to know about today’s unemployment figures:

  • Employment rate is 72.0%.
  • There were 30.09 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 250,000 from May to July 2013 and up 485,000 from a year earlier.
  • Uunemployment rate is 7.4%, down 0.3% from May to July 2013 and down 0.5 from a year earlier.
  • There were 2.39 million unemployed people aged 16 and over, down 99,000 from May to July 2013 and down 121,000 from a year earlier.
  • Economic inactivity rate is 22.1% (the lowest since 1991).
  • Total pay rose by 0.9% compared with August to October 2012.

Which all makes for a fun PMQs for Ed later…

Labour are admitting this is good news but already hammering out their line that it is the ‘cost-of-living crisis’ that really matters. A ComRes poll today shows just 25% see the cost of living crisis as an economic priority, with 41% saying they want the government to focus on growth. Another great Miliband public opinion success…


155 Comments

  1. 1
    George Galloway says:

    Rejoice at this good news.

    • 3
      indian snake charmer says:

      play the music.

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e-E1-Xv2Vsg

      • 108
        man on the street says:

        Yes, of course, with people all on zero contract hours or underemployed, it is easy to get unemployment down.

        Now, tell the truth, about wages in real terms decreasing and the real unemployment figures.

        Have a look at this to see the reality.

        http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/exclusive-how-jobcentre-plus-statistics-are-being-inflated-to-support-osbornes-economic-growth-fiction/

        • 118
          Old Blue Eyes says:

          The only statistic I know that is unchallengeable is that every time we have a Labour government, they leave office with unemployment greater than it was when they took power. Labour isn’t the party of the workers it’s the party of the unemployed. To put them back in ever again would be unmitigated folly.

          • Mass unemployment is just fine for both left and right says:

            Tories love mass unemployment as much as labour.

            A endless sea of desperate people begging for work is just how the Tories’ business cronies want it.

            For labour, mass unemployment is merely a little side effect to their task of importing a new electorate.

            Both parties ultimately think mass unemployment is a price worth paying.

            Both parties can go to hell.

    • 5
      green people are sentencing 30,000 people to death this winter says:

      I notice that neither of those two people working on that roof is wearing a safety harness.

      Also one of them appears to be a woman and she is wearing sunglasses and an earing.

    • 21
      Statsman says:

      41% is what I call a minority.

      • 50
        Dave Lee Travis is innocent says:

        I think the broadcaster publishing such a dangerous photograph should be prosecuted.

        Schoolchildren will look at that and think it is good to go to whorl dressed like that on a building site.

        • 57
          Loopy Lou LLB ( Hons ) says:

          If young children are viewing this site then the broadcaster should be subjected to a section 47 Children Act referral prompto.

          • Joyce Thacker child snatcher says:

            Any child caught viewing this politically unacceptable site will be
            seized and placed with an approved left-wing family for retraining.

    • 130
      Scrooge says:

      I’m going to buy the biggest goose in the shop. Humbug.

  2. 2

    Ed has to find negatives in the positives.

    • 7
      English batsmen have technical flaws says:

      if everyone is working their arises off for the common good then why isn’t GDP skyrocketing ?

      • 8
        Ed Milliband says:

        I demand an instant replay !

      • 16
        Dave wants Turkish immigrants too says:

        GDP is a matter of productivity not numbers working. A surgeon doing one operation a day is less productive than the same surgeon doing five. Having twenty men emptying dustbins is less productive than ten men emptying the same number of dustbins.

        • 28
          FFS says:

          Um yeah, but the growth in GDP and the growth in employment are more or less in line with each other????

          So your point is?

          • Dimmy Dave's Roma apocalypse says:

            The surgeon’s going to botch a few of his operations?

          • Inspector Gadget says:

            There are still plenty of lazy bastards in work because despite all the austerity ,productivity is crap, and overall national debt is increasing.

          • Bob Maxwell deceased says:

            Fiddled !

          • Dave wants Turkish immigrants too says:

            My point is that having more people working does NOT mean that GDP will rise proportionally and certainly not in the same time period. Increased productivity data can lag employment rise data by several months.

  3. 4
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

    • 128
      Lord Charles says:

      That’ll be another £300. Ker-ching.
      See you again tomorrow, Ed.

      • 141

        IF I WAS A LORD I WOULD CLOCK IN THEN CLOCK OUT THEN SPEND MY AFTERNOON IN NEARBY SOHO IN A MAELSTROM OF WHORES AND ALCOHOL THEN REPEAT THE EXERCISE EVERY DAY THE CHAMBER IS SITTING .

        HAVE I SPOKEN OUT IF TURN AND GIVEN THE INCUMBENTS IDEAS ??

        ( IF I WAS A ” LADY ” LORD I WOULD OF COURSE SPEND IT ON SOMETHING FAR MORE CONSTRUCTIVE LIKE DRESSES AND SHOES FROM BARKERS , PONTINGS AND DERRY AND TOMS IF ANY OF THOSE SOUTH KENSINGTON EMPORIA ARE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS)

  4. 6
    BBC News and Left-wing Propaganda Unit says:

    We won’t be reporting any of these figures.

  5. 9
    All socialists are hypocrites says:

    Expect a lot of glum faces on the Labour benches to-day….Labour positively hates any good news on the economy. Meanwhile their Propaganda Unit aka BBC is busily talking the figures down…how much longer are they to be allowed to retain “British” in their title ???

    • 36
      FFS says:

      I well remember the BBC pointing out that the “boom” years under Tony Blair were actually financed by government overspend of 10% per annum.

      Wait a minute, I think that may have been a dream I had.

      • 140
        El Sid says:

        To put this cost-of-living attack in context, the £643bn that Labour added to the National Debt (YEQG) in 1997-2010 is costing us about £20bn/year. That’s £20bn going each year out of our taxes and into the pockets of the Chinese, Goldman Sachs and whoever else. That £20bn could be used to cut basic rate income tax by 7p, VAT by 4% or abolish Council Tax on 80% of homes, all of which might make a difference to people’s cost of living.

    • 142

      I APOLOGISE FOR ASSUMIMG LAST WEEK S WAS THE LAST PMQ S BEFORE THE WINTERVAL SIX WEEK BREAK

      OUR POLITICO S ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR HAVING THE TENACITY TO TURN UP FOR BUSINESS SO NEAR TO XMAS WEEK !! I ASSUME THIS SACRIFICE WILL BE RECOGNISED VIA AN EXTENSION OF THE RECESS TO EASTER 2014.

  6. 12
    M­aq­boul says:

    You make working for a living sound like a good thing; the only reason people are being forced to work to feed themselves and to escape fuel poverty is because their benefits are being cut by this T­ory led government.

    • 14
      Labour: for shirkers, not workers. says:

      You make living a life on benefits sound like a good thing.

      Which I suppose it is, if you’re a parasite.

    • 44
      Gaius Germanicus Milibanduth says:

      Yeth!

      It’th a tewwible thing when people have to work to feed themthelveth when we could find thlaveth to work to feed them!

  7. 13
    Singalong wi' Dave says:

    Inflation Down,
    Unemployment Down,
    Wages Down,
    Sterling Up,
    Growth Up,
    MP’s salaries Up,
    Trade defict Up,
    EU contributions Up,

  8. 15
    Liar.Politicians says:

    “Cost if living” crisis was created by the politicians giving £Trillions free money to their criminal banking friends to cover their frauds and corruption.

    You cannot have infinite growth, people seem to think you can.

    • 23
      Lost in Clacton says:

      Have you heard Ronnie Biggs is dead ?

      This is a good news day.

      • 71
        Socialism is a mental illness says:

        The ‘cost of living crisis’ was caused by Ed Miliband and his ridiculous Climate Change Act. Which deliberately targeted energy and was designed to ration energy by price, thus harming the most vulnerable in society.

        That bit of socialist ‘market control’ worked out well again didn’t it?

      • 121
        The BBC says:

        We are all flying out to Rio de Janeiro for a special Question Time on Thursday.

    • 37
      Dave wants Turkish immigrants too says:

      You can have infinite growth over an infinite period. What you can not have is infinite immigration on a fixed amount of land like the UK. The problem with the banks was caused by bad state legislation, here and in the USA. Here for instance Gordon Brown allowed banks to offer 110% mortgages to give people a chance to own homes after Labour had created a housing price boom. How stupid was that?

      • 60
        Mitch says:

        Borrowing more than you bought the house for doesn’t increase the price of the house. The idea of 110% mortgages was for people to also have spare cash to spend on useless junk, fuelling economic activity but also destroying jobs in the UK and building up debt.

      • 68
        Donald Duck says:

        It was Fatcha and her Big Bang what done it !

      • 84
        An awkward bastard says:

        You could limit Uk couples to one child per family to reduce demand on child benefits and education now

        if you then have economic growth you can bring in able bodied and well educated young people over from around the world to fill the gap.

        • 114
          A mooslim says:

          How dare you, it is my god given right to have at least half a dozen children and four wives and claim as many benefits as I can.

          PS And do a bit of mini-cab moonlighting.

    • 63
      Grodon Brwon says:

      You conflate several different things and this leads me to the opinion that you know sweet fa about what you’re talking abaht

  9. 17
    BBC News and Left-wing Propaganda Unit says:

    cost of living crisis,cost of living crisis,cost of living crisis,cost of living crisis,cost of living crisis,cost of living crisis.

  10. 19
    Window Taxidermy says:

    Yes economy is booooming! Well no – lots of people in part time jobs struggling to pay the gas bill, many more estate agents in shiny Top Man suits. Deficit down a tad, debt still the same. Youth unemployment time bomb, housing repossession time bomb. Rejoice it is all great…

  11. 20
    Winning for Britain says:

    George Osborne is winning for Britain

    • 26
      Georgie Osborne's Blue and White Army says:

      The future is blue and white

      • 92
        Flash Flood says:

        The Conservative’s will have to get rid of pinko Dave first and that is not going to happen until after their 2015 defeat.

        • 125
          BBC Heart Labour says:

          Doesn’t matter who’s leading the Tories – if Miliband gets No 10 in 2015, you will never get rid of Labour from that point onwards, they will see to it.

      • 138
        Village Idiot says:

        ….The future one day,will be “Purple”

    • 73
      The Roma hordes says:

      If that’s what you call winning, then you have low expectations.

      Perhaps you meant whining?

  12. 27
    theydontknowhat says:

    Guardian pushing pay-inflation gap.
    Presumably they’d prefer a few well paid workers and lot’s of people on welfare

  13. 29
    Impartial observer says:

    I’d feel unclean voting for any of those three grubby parties.

    • 100
      Three wings of the same crooked party of self loathing traitors says:

      Fabian, Common Purpose Dave and EU socialist Nick, are not quite as leftwing as reborn Marxist Miliband.

      They all agree on the eventual destination, they merely disagree about the timetable.

  14. 30
    So I said to my mate. says:

    I won’t be in to watch PMQs I’ll be too busy having a life, but let us know if something happens like the cast iron roof on the HOC falls down or Camoron resigns and Clogg trips and falls over in excitement and breaks his eco neck or little Ed makes a fine speech and in shock blinky has a heart attack.

  15. 34
    Mitch says:

    Wages rising by 0.9% against ‘official’ inflation of 3-ish% (and ‘unofficial’ of much more) means people are taking wage cuts every year. And will do for the forseeable fiuture.

    Agree the employment/unemployment figures are promising, but there is credible evidence that there is indeed a ‘cost of living crisis’.

    • 49
      Dave wants Turkish immigrants too says:

      There has always been a cost of living crisis for lots of people. Not having as much to spend on booze,holidays,etc as your neighbour is a crisis to some people.

    • 51
      hang on a min says:

      Labour and the BBC constantly repeating “cost of living crisis” doesn’t constitute evidence.

      • 67
        Mitch says:

        I agree. But combining a real wage cut and rising prices every year for possibly ten years may well do, though.

    • 55
      FFS says:

      If you get made redundant from your well-paid job as a lesbian outreach worker in the public sector and have to take the job you were trained to do – Christmas counter assistant at Argos – then you will see a reduction in income.

      But no worries because Gordon’s tax credit system will ensure you actually have the same take-home pay regardless of what you are doing and it will all be paid for by the magic money tree known as public sector debt.

  16. 35
    TGBs says:

    Is that two Roma about to go in through someone’s roof?

    • 58
      Dimmy Dave's Roma apocalypse says:

      No, they’re taking the roof off so they can run away with it.

      They’ll be back to venture inside tomorrow. And then back a month later to steal the replacement roof.

  17. 38
    Tristram Hunt says:

    £ up on back of strong UK jobs figures BUT sterling overnight rates suggest market thinks BoE won’t raise interest rates until mid 2015.

  18. 46
    Taking away Hope? Don't be so wet. And this is the man who took away Life from the elderly says:

  19. 59
    Weimar Warning says:

    Plastic fivers coming in 2016

    Wrong move — They should issue ordinary steel washers with a hole in the middle. Then we can carry them in around as a necklace until they rapidly rust away in the inflation caused by the LibLabConner political thieves

  20. 66
    Geedo is the new Murdoch says:

    source says: ‘The PM always speaks to Guido. He said, “Ah, Guido’s arrived” and strolled over to chat to him at the last Tory conference.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2525484/Tory-high-command-EPHRAIM-HARDCASTLE-Is-Guido-Fawkes-getting-close-Tory-High-Command.html#ixzz2nokjq2AD

  21. 75
    Or is it Sour Gr@pes from the Old Guard? says:

    Toby Helm (The Observer), Nick Robinson (the BBC) and Jason Beattie (the Mirror) all complained.’

  22. 94

    Yeah Great News…
    Small comfort for the homeless, heatingless and foodbank users of the country hmm?

    • 97
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Get a fuckin’ job!

    • 98
      sussex carol says:

      I am still waiting for someone to explain why, in the UK with the most generous benefit system in Europe, we need foodbanks.

      • 107
        Mitch says:

        Because most people are basically freeloaders and will take anything cheap (or free). Who wouldn’t?

        • 113
          well says:

          Because they spend the benefits intended to feed their children
          on other things.

          • Anonymous says:

            What a great idea, instead admitting that Con-Dem policy has a role to play in the lack of well-paid full time work, just put all the blame on the unemployed – for being unemployed. Also, call Job Seekers lazy, to hide that you are using the mini-Hitlers at Job Centres to halt a the benefits of Job Seekers/the disabled – forcing them to use Food Bank. For such people, instead of being helped, are to be called “freeloaders”. All this, and more, from the “caring” party.

        • 115
          Ziggy says:

          Enough money goes on foreign aid to relieve the more significant social problems of this Huntry. China on the moon and looking for mineral rights on Mars, India having more success in space exploration than the UK? We are helping to finance these projects to the detriment to our own tax payers and more unfortunate citizens. That is of course unless you’re a politician then you have no idea what is actually happening in the real world UK!!!!

        • 119
          Roma says:

          When arrive in country still take time for first Giro. Foodbank fill gap nicely.

      • 133
        Winston says:

        To feed the immigrant cheap labour. Most recipients in London are recent migrants. Just another example how your taxes are being used to support cheap labour and make corporates richer.

        • 137
          Embrace die-versity or else says:

          We’re the first people on earth to actually pay for our own eff nik replacement.

  23. 96
    Ric Holden CCHQ says:

    Ronnie Biggs died,aged 84. This leaves National Rail as the last remaining Great Train Robber, with cheese sandwiches priced at £4.50.

    • 102
      sussex carol says:

      I wish they’d stop treating him like some sort of celebrity. He was a criminal and in the course of his crime the train driver sustained a head injury that prevented him from ever working again.

      • 104
        sussex carol says:

        I wish they’d stop tre ating him like some sort of ce leb rity. He was a cri mi nal and in the course of his cr ime the tr ain driv er sus tained a he ad inj ury that pre vented him from ever working again.

        • 106
          Freddie the Fishmonger says:

          Have we got that electric buggy back yet ?

        • 117
          FFS says:

          I think people of the post-Sex Pistols generation will probably consider it a bit bizarre. Here’s a man involved in a crime which these days would be no big thing. A man was beaten up so badly during this crime he later died. Biggs ran away from justice, eventually leaving his wife and two kids behind before taking up with some Brazilian tart and getting her up the duff so he couldn’t be extradited.

          And our generation turned him into a hero. My kids are already of the opinion that my generation was fécked up.

          • BBC SAYS

            NOT SO. BIGGS ‘ DEMISE IS ONLY FOLLOWING THE PREVIOUSLY TRodden PATH OF THE MANDELLOBOLAX PASSING . WE HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY THAT BY 5PM TODAY H M GOVT. WILL HAVE ANNOUNCED A WEEK OF NATIONAL MOURNING THUS EXTENDING THE WINTERVAL DOG DAYS TORPOR UNTIL THE 12TH IF JANUARY.

      • 154
        Anonymous says:

        But how many people really believe the powers-that-be had ANY concern for the train drivers? For it was more likely that the coppers spent time and money hunting down Biggs – a minor figure in the crime – because he made fun of them. And that is something the Whitehall stuff-shirts (as well as some on this site) really hated. So here’s to Ronnie Biggs – a great British celebrity. Cheers!

    • 103
      the former President of Ukraine says:

      Have the Railways yet reverted to that good old trick of not letting you bring your own sandwiches and refreshments with you?

    • 110
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Ronnie Biggs=Go Big Sinner

    • 112
      FFS says:

      Classic!

  24. 98
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    With these excellent figures proving simply that if you work hard and succeed it is possible to feed you family now would be the perfect time to abolish Child Benefit.

  25. 101
    Zapper and the slapper says:

    Another Beeboid has been arrested for sexual assault.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25415699

    Described as a freelancer…ongoing legal case, private matter…nothing to see, nothing to hear…off air…

    • 116
      tiddy oggie says:

      He’s worked at the the BBC for over 20 years.

    • 122
      JH32492384092394 says:

      Most of the pervy twats are ‘freelance’ (wink wink) for tax purposes.

      Taxes are for evil capitalists and little people to pay, BBC worthies are more enlightened and hence are not obliged to pay in.

  26. 109
    Ziggy says:

    SMOKE AND MIRRORS?

  27. 111
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    I was wondering if a malevolent backbencher on the Government side, might be asking a question about child protection issues just to watch Harriet squirm.

  28. 123
    Danny Blanchfleur says:

    Unemployment will hit 5 million soon, just you watch!!!

  29. 126
    Iain Drunken Stiff says:

    Woo Hoo! Hello Guido, it’s only me, you very favourite of ministers. Thanks for trying to pull the wool over the people’s eyes on my behalf. Of course I didn’t expect you to raise any difficult questions along the lines of: How many of these ‘jobs’ are full time 35+ hours a week? How many are zero hour contract guaranteeing no work whatsoever? How many of the figures quoted are people on sanction and thus their JSA claim is stopped and quite convenienty (for me) are no longer counted in the unemployment total.

    Well done Guido for helping me lie and lie with impunity. Oh, and thanks for not mentioning the hunfreds of millions I have wasted on my crackpot ideas, and the billions of public money paid to my chums in private companies just so they can ‘teach’ the jobless how to produce a CV.

    Fancy a free lunch on me? Well, not actually on me. I will charge it to the plebs. You know the saying by now…Fat Fuckers like us don’t give a shite about them.

  30. 127
    Ed Miliband says:

    Thith ith not good news for uth – and all on the same day that Juthtin Bieber announthes hith retirement. Dreadful.

  31. 131
    My Auntie's a leftie says:

    Cue gloomy faces at the Biased Broadcasting Corporation. How will they spin this one?

  32. 150
    Sir Roger de Senseless says:

    Statistics! Does anybody believe them anyway. You’ll be telling me that British children have never been better educated next.


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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