Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 14/12/2011 - 16:36

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Unemployment: the pain is shared

Today’s unemployment figures make gloomy reading, with total unemployment up to 2.64 million, a 17-year high.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 28/04/2011 - 14:51

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More big claims from the Scottish election

The elections in Scotland are proving a happy hunting ground for those who can scent a duff statistic.

Simon Briscoe :: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 11:02

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Youth unemployment: bad or very bad?

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 17/06/2010 - 12:53

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Eeyore takes a look at Britain

Feeling cheerful? Then take a dip into a report that emerged recently from the Cabinet Office.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 09/04/2010 - 16:34

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Cut-and-Paste journalists create a myth

“Rise of the high-flying wives who leave hubby in the home” wrote the Daily Mail.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 01/01/2010 - 16:25

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UK Vital Signs: an economy in need of intensive care

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.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 25/08/2009 - 11:28

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Zeroing in on youth unemployment

A Straight Statistics reader, John Huggins, has taken exception to a graphic in The Guardian, illustrating the rise in youth unemployment.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 14/08/2009 - 15:57

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No mystery over unemployment, despite Yvette Cooper

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.

Tue, 16/06/2009 - 23:00

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Unemployment rates up

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.