June 11th, 2014

Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.6% – Figures in Full

Numbers from the ONS:

  • Comparing February to April 2014 with November 2013 to January 2014, there was a large increase in employment and a large fall in unemployment. There was a further fall in the number of economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64. These changes continue the general direction of movement over the past two years.
  • There were 30.54 million people in work, 345,000 more than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 780,000 more than a year earlier.
  • There were 2.16 million unemployed people, 161,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 347,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 6.6% of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work), down from 7.2% for November 2013 to January 2014 and down from 7.8% a year earlier.

Just in time for PMQs…


  1. 1
    TheDukeOfHunslet says:

    Ed Balls is toast.


    • 8

      Cost of living cost of living *please listen*


      • 20
        Anonymous says:

        lies, damn lies and statistics . . .


        • 101
          Esther Funnyfanny says:

          I take great exception to that comment, as tasty as I am. It is always better to never use more than two syllables in any word, that way you don’t get to trip up. Funny Dat.


    • 9
      Witty Moniker says:

      Too far too fast.


    • 22
      Mo & Bill Ity says:

      Also goes to prove what most suspected and few dare voice that a majority of those on disabled benefits were taking the mick and swinging the lead.


      • 129
        ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:

        what?do you mean fusty holt the ner do well that lives across the road from me didn’t really have a bad back?


    • 44
      táxpáyér says:

      I’d have thought that Guido would be linking (on seen elsewhere) to establishment heavy Eric Cantor being booted out by the U.S. electorate.

      EVERYWHERE hates the rent-seeking establishment.


    • 45
      TJ says:

      …and Ed Millipede is weeping onto his bacon butty


    • 62
      Maximovich says:

      And the number of tractors completed was…?


    • 76
      The two muppets . says:

      It must break Miliband and Balls heart to hear all this good employment
      and economic news .

      Liked by 1 person

    • 97
      Anonymous says:

      On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval. They call it QMV, Qualified Majority Voting.

      Each member State will lose it right of Veto over these areas, so Cameron’s idea of negotiation to recover any areas goes out the window at the same time.

      The following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:

      Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Administrative co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Asylum – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
      Border controls – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Citizens’ initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Crime prevention incentives – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Criminal judicial co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Criminal law – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Culture – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Diplomatic & Consular protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
      Economic & Social Committee – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
      Emergency international aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
      Energy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      EU budget – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Eurojust – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      European Central Bank – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      European Court of Justice – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Europol – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Eurozone external representation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV

      Foreign Affairs High Representative election – Lisbon: QMV
      Freedom of movement for workers – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Freedom to establish a business – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon QMV
      Freedom, security, justice, co-operation & evaluation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Funding the Common Foreign & Security Policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      General economic interest services – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Humanitarian aid – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Immigration – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
      Intellectual property – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Organisation of the Council of the EU – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Police co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      President of the European Council election – Lisbon: QMV
      Response to natural disasters & terrorism – Lisbon: QMV
      Rules concerning the Armaments Agency – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Self-employment access rights – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Social Security Unanimity – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
      Space – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Sport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Structural & Cohension Funds – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Tourism – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Transport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
      Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV

      A brief review of the Treaties confirms the Transitional arrangements which allow, only on specific votes, for the Nice Treaty Provisions to apply from 1st November 2014 until March 2017, hence I imagine PM David Cameron’s determination to delay our referendum beyond that date, tying Britain for ever within the non-democratic, totalitarian and now clearly despotic EU.

      For your reference, if anyone interested in the Treaty Articles behind this change, here is the legal bit.


      Now you can see why voting UKIP is vital

      Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV this one means that the results of a referendum will be ignored and that is why Cameron is promising one, he knows it is meaningless


      • 123

        Comment 97 is jawdropping , mindboggling and stupefying simultaneously .

        How many of the sheep,e/populace have any idea of this ?

        Could Guido get this re printed on the front page of tomorrow s Sun please ??


  2. 2
    Ed Ballsup says:


    Cost of living crisis. Zero hours contracts. Food banks. Payday loans. Flatlining economy.


  3. 4
    aardvark says:

    BBC reports evil Tory cuts in employment figures.

    Calls for Marxist revolution to fight capitalism and create equality with Socialist France.


    • 70
      Earl of Croydon says:

      So important that the BBC put it third on their “playlist” behind the Iraq stuff and the Statins story.
      Oh this must really be hurting them.


      • 88
        Aardvark says:

        I’m sure the BBC will come up with something horrid about the Tories to take away the foul smell of good economic news.


  4. 5
    Two Eds are better than one says:

    The long-term economic plan is working!


    • 65
      Two Balls are worse than one says:

      Excellent, comrades! There is now no turning back. We must redouble our efforts on behalf of the Great Cartels’ kleptocracy of the UKreign! Onwards, to total national peonage!


  5. 6
    The BBC says:


    But…part-time…zero hours contracts…under employment…youth unemployment…wimmin out of work…for the few not the many…self employment…cotht of getting to work cwithith…in-work poverty…minimum wage…

    (Did we get all of that in Ed? Was there anything else you wanted us to say?)


  6. 7
    BBC News says:

    Don’t worry, I’m sure we can find something negative in the figures, just in the interests of balance you understand.

    Ah, look – there is a rise in unemployed ginger men aged between 27 and 32 in Great Yarmouth.


    • 16
      Lee 'The Eighties Called' Jasper says:

      Just proves that everything is racist when … Oh, ginger you say? That means white. No, no, no racism there!


    • 18
      Sherlock Holmes says:

      I shall be opening a branch of “The Red-Headed League” shortly.


      • 107
        John Clay and Archie says:

        We opened the Red Headed League, and then closed it before Sherlock got involved.
        However there is a shop assistant’s job going.


    • 147
      Bob cuntface Crow says:

      And with all this sunny weather they cant even afford sun crème.


  7. 11
    Denial, not just a river in Egypt says:

    No one talk about UKIP.


    • 19
      2018 says:

      UKIP? Oh yeah, weren’t they the next big thing back in 2014?


    • 27
      BBC Spokesman says:

      The return of the Anti-Christ, UKIP has caused illegal immigrants to be returned to their place of origin; thereby reducing unemploment. (the bastards)

      And now the Royal Baby, followed by non stop football for months, followed by months of analysis.


  8. 12
    Owen Jones says:

    Just blame Thatcher for this proof that the British economy is tanking just like Labour said it wou … oh, hang on


  9. 13
    Diane Fatbott says:

    Support our black cab drivers.

    Don’t let Urber divide and rule.


    • 17
      Ed Miliband says:

      Comrades, I can’t wait to move the decimal point to the right.


    • 24
      Mitch says:

      The cabbies are complaining about people having a ‘meter’, but really it’s just an app which increments time/distance + money. It isn’t actually a meter because nothing is decided by it i.e. the fare.

      If I sit in a cab and increment the fare in my head am I also breaking the cabbies ‘rules’?


    • 68
      Joss Taskin says:

      I thought they never stopped for you ?


      • 139
        Flatearther salt of the earth, good to 'is mam says:

        Level playing fields, fair competition, leave it arrrrrtttt….., anyone can do de Knowledge, yeah…..



  10. 14
    Ed Miliband says:

    Comrades, I can’t wait to move the decimal point to the right.


  11. 15
    Anne Widdecombe says:

    As we all know , you can do anything you want with figures

    and if you like , you can do anything you want with mine


  12. 21
    BofE 'awks says:

    Time to start increasing interest rates..


    • 50
      táxpáyér says:

      as son as debt growth gets cut off you’ll see that GDP is a measure of the growth in debt, which looks a bit like actual econmic activity (but isn’t when you pay it back.


  13. 23
    Anonymous says:

    “Just in time for PMQs…”
    Though please don’t ask how these figures are arrived at. Because just like questioning religious dogma, the answers you get will only serve to open a gigantic can of duplicitous contradictory worms. Prompting such supplementary queries as: If zero hours non-jobs actually count. Why not engage all unemployed under some spurious government sponsored mass hiring scheme, and make joblessness vanish completely?


    • 53
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      Zero hour jobs don’t mean they actually work zero hours you know. They are productive hours working in industry contributing to the economy.

      Better one hour paid employment than one at the taxpayer’s teat.


      • 135
        Mycroft says:

        Not quite, zero hours contracts actually increase the number of state employees, the estimate is that every 50 z/h contracts result in the need for another state employee, so z/h actually costs us all more.

        The reality is that there needs to be 20 hours work as a minimum to break even.

        I write the occasional economic paper for Govs abroad (emerging economies) and z/h is rightly regarded with disdain.

        The correct term for it is the Social Cost Burden, in the UK it’s about £140 per week.


  14. 24
    Where's Ours? says:


  15. 28
    Is that code for head? says:


    • 32
      Rural Area Grants (Withdrawn) says:

      half of scotchland has not got internet connection at home

      another good reason to get independence


    • 41
      How much is this costing us? says:

      On your way to the Pink Pussycat club, Evan?


    • 59
      M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

      I can’t look at this guy without creasing up at the thought of Paul Whitehouse’s impression of him.


    • 63
      I hope some gayer rips him a new arsehole says:

      Another fucking freebie junket on the licence tax, eh?


    • 92
      táxpáyér says:

      Isn’t capitalism amazing?


    • 96
      Tim Yeo-Yo says:

      Thats probably bummer code for a reach-around.


    • 118
      O pedante says:

      São Paulo, you knobhead.


    • 121
      Dangerous Brian says:

      Dont you just love Evan’s way with euphemism?


    • 127

      Yes thank you Evan but we have no wish to know the detail of your personal proclivities be they sated in the back of a Sao Paolo cab or indeed anywhere else !!

      Tell us instead about the laws governing the granting of an indirect
      free kick ……….


      • 140
        Evans mam says:

        Evan, I’ve told you to stop downloading that stuff, it’s not normal, all that naked manhood everywhere, cream puffs and things it’s not right.


    • 146
      Howzat1932 says:

      Hang about Evan when he is aware who you are he might prove friendlier Lord Fondlebum got lucky once his dancing partner had a hissy fit with Lord Browne.


  16. 30
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    Passport Office backlog? What backlog? What’s half a million applications between friends?


  17. 33
    A probing forensic question says:

    How many of these 161000 people are in work and off the unemployment register ?

    How many of them are in full time employment.

    How many are on the minimum wage ?

    How many are on more than minimum wage plus 20%.

    How many of the 161000 are in receipt of Family Credits and at what overaul monthly cost.

    I should not even have to ask these questions.

    The information should be there for all to see.


  18. 34
    England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

    More terrible news for the Labour and the filth at the BBC


  19. 37
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    I have had a look at those men and women standing behind our slightly balding Chancellor who is holding a red attachee case with his arm aloft.

    Are they members of the Mafia by any chance ?

    They look very suspicious to me.


  20. 40
    I suppose there must be a link between Scotland and Lagos somewhere says:


  21. 42
    Ed Balls says:

    Too far, too fast. {sob} Too far …Tooooo faaasssttt {boo hoo}


  22. 43
    non taxable pikey says:

    It’ll all go to ratshit on the 1st of November.


  23. 46
    Lutfur Rahman says:

    All houses in Tower Hamlets will receive a copy of the Qu’ran, along with burqas for all female residents. In case your daughter gets a boyfriend, there will be a pile of stones on every street corner.


  24. 51
    White Dee says:

    Yow will never get me inta a job, George Osborne.


  25. 55
    Disgruntled voter says:

    Why do people have this ridiculous notion of an economic miracle? You cannot have serious government cuts + deflation of the economy at the same time as dramatically falling unemployment. It therefore follows, as we see the evidence for falling unemployment before us, that we are living through an extended Keynesian boom (just in time for the election). David Cameron won the argument on austerity in 2010, and has since lost the peace.


    • 60
      Gold Star says:

      Comment of the day. And exactly right.


    • 71
      táxpáyér says:

      ” You cannot have serious government cuts + deflation of the economy at the same time as dramatically falling unemployment.”

      Nonsense. This is a claim that government helps the economy, rather than mostly hinders it.


      • 112
        Disgruntled voter says:

        It’s nothing of the kind. It’s a suggestion that government spending, in the short run at least, inflates aggregate demand and leads to unsustainable economic growth. Reduction in this spending may shrink the economy, but it makes the economic position generally more stable.


    • 83
      No more boom and bust says:

      Quite right.

      After this failed experiment in sorting out the economy, let’s return to tax’n’spend socialism, because that never bankrupted the country the last two times we tried it.


    • 137
      ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:

      that’s right,we haven’t had serious cuts


    • 142
      Mycroft says:

      Keynesian Boom… we are not in any such thing… we were, one that was falsely maintained after 2004 which resulted in the ‘super-bust’ after the ‘super-boom.

      This is not any form of boom, we are in the midst of a bubble of wealth creation, a ‘boom’ would cause the entire Country to move forward, this isn’t happening, it is a bubble in London, the bubble is being ‘paid’ for outside of London.

      This is a bad thing, far worse than perhaps such a skewed recovery has ever been in the past, the flight of wealth into a zone that is paid for by the surrounding areas is mediaeval ‘Tithe’ economics of the Old Religious.

      All Booms start somewhere and they spread, but they do not spread like a smear of butter on bread, they spread with ‘hot-spots’ lots of them so the wealth created eventually ‘meets up’

      Booms can only last a few years, it is a natural cycle of 7-10 years, so we are about 3 years into the bubble and there are no hotspots outside of London.

      This recovery (such as it is) is looking like a failure.

      The consequences are huge, the collapse of the bubble will drag further resource and wealth into itself and as the ‘regions’ have not felt the upward rush of wealth, there already paltry wealth will be taken again.

      This is ‘new model’ 3 phase recession…

      We are watching a failure, not a boom.


  26. 58
    Sepp Blather says:

    You are all racists you pigs.


  27. 61
    Anonymous says:

    I think Chuka and Parking Pataweyo are one and the same.


  28. 66
    Slimy dirtbag says:

    So, Peter Hain, before you go, tell us how many sly deals you did to let IRA terrorists out onto the streets, behind the backs of the people of a Northern Ireland


  29. 69
    abu hamza says:

    i’ve employed all birmingham school leavers from the madrassa’s er i mean multifaith schools, to become spies and terrorists for Alf car edam.

    but its one in the eye for the Chancellor as I got them all on zero hours contracts

    now give me back my hooks, I can’t f’ing type without them


    • 141
      Evan, the only gay says:

      But at least you have to wipe your own arse now instead of us employing people to do it for you, you lazy twat.


  30. 75
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    My local P*kistani shop selling 5 toilet rolls for price of 6. Now that’s what I call a British Value.


    • 81
      self employed and earning less than the minimum wage says:



    • 144
      Iain Dullard Smith says:

      No P*kistanis in Swanbrourne/ your corner of Buckinghamshire old boy.
      You must have misremembered.
      How much have you f*cked up today?


  31. 84
    Dave fiddling the figure before 2015 says:

    Just shows how my policy of continuing to run a fucking great Deficit and endlessly increasing the National Debt is so beneficial.

    Th U.k. economy is a house of cards with no proper productive foundations.


  32. 85
    Max Headroom says:

    Tory bullshit yet again…


  33. 86
    Mosul Falls says:

    I see the whole Iraq war and occupation was a complete waste of time money and life then.

    And to make matters worse, the Islamic nutters are now in complete control of the region, which they were not when Saddam had them under complete control.

    Seems to me that far from being our enemy Saddam was probably the bestest person we could possibly have wished for in running a violent Islamic area.


    • 104
      Oil bee sea in ewe says:

      That is precisely what those who know about that area told Bliar and his crooks. But too much money was within his reach to ignore the advice. The Cheney neocon gangs should be strung up from the San Francisco bay bridge.


    • 138
      ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:

      they weren’t totally wasted,george w got to get one over his dad who never loved him and prefered jed


    • 148
      Tom Catesby says:

      Which is why we should back up Bashir in Syria, a tw^t, but at least he’s our tw^t.


    • 149
      Tom Catesby says:

      Saddam’s ‘mistake’ was to try to trade oil in Euros not US$. That’s what brought all the shit down on him.


  34. 95
    Guy News Room says:

    Source close to Boris Johnson(Guido Fawkes) confirms he has bought three water cannon from German police for £220,000.


    • 98
      A Socialist Worker says:

      It’s against my human rights to force wash me.


      • 105
        Oil bee sea in ewe says:

        It’s OK mate, the Met office has just announced were are expecting an El Nino drought event until the end of November.


    • 108
      Long John Silver' s parrot says:

      He has been ripped off mate.

      Old Etonians might be good at reciting Cicero but they are not too sharp when it comes to striking a bargain.


  35. 100
    adolf says:

    you know us Germans know all there is to know about giving people showers….


  36. 103

    That is precisley what socialism is all about, failure,unemployment and decline!


  37. 113
    Camel Toe says:

    All ONS staff to go onto zero hours contracts with immediate effect.


  38. 114
    Will says:

    The sign of a recovery in full is “white dee” getting a job and paying taxes !!!


  39. 116
    Tory C*nts says:

    All of whom have greater difficulty than ever in enforcing their basic rights in an Employment Tribunal.


    • 145
      Left Thicko says:

      Perhaps that’s why more employers are willing to take the chance of hiring someone?


  40. 134
    Cinna says:

    The official BBC line is:

    “Employment may be up, but with wages lagging behind inflation, there’s no feel good factor”.

    Good old, dependable, BBC.


  41. 153
    John Johnson says:

    (1) Unemployment benefit map shows party political divide (The Guardian, Thursday 26 January 2012).

    “Twelve of the 15 seats with highest percentage of claimants are held by Labour, while lowest claimant areas are mostly Tory or Lib Dem seats”


    (2) Coalition v shadow cabinet: whose constituencies are worse hit by unemployment? (The Guardian, Wednesday 16 March 2011).

    “New research shows Labour MPs harder hit than Coalition members when it comes to unemployment in their constituencies.”



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