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…




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Quote of the Day

Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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