Today’s unemployment figures make gloomy reading, with total unemployment up to 2.64 million, a 17-year high.
The elections in Scotland are proving a happy hunting ground for those who can scent a duff statistic.
“Rise of the high-flying wives who leave hubby in the home” wrote the Daily Mail.
New Year’s Day, and the end of a decade, is as good a time as any to look at the economy’s vital signs.
A Straight Statistics reader, John Huggins, has taken exception to a graphic in The Guardian, illustrating the rise in youth unemployment.
When a minister calls an inquiry the day before key statistics are due to appear, smell a rat. Sniff even harder when the inquiry is leaked to a few journalists, and nothing appears on the departmental website.
The latest labour market statistics, issued by ONS today, show that unemployment rose by 232,000 between February and April 2009, while number in employment fell by 271,000 comparded to the three months to January.