Government hopes for good jobs news

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Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The Government is hoping for more good news on the jobs front today when the latest unemployment figures are expected to show another cut in the dole queues.

Employment has been rising and unemployment falling all year, and the new data from the Office for National Statistics is set to continue this trend.

Last month’s figures showed that more than 30 million people were in work, an increase of almost 700,000 on a year ago, while the jobless total was just under two million, over half a million lower than last year.

Economist John Philpott said: “We’ve now come to expect good news on unemployment each month – today’s figures may show a jobless rate below 6% – but for a genuine labour market recovery we also need to see evidence of solid and sustained growth in real wages.”

Many retail companies have been taking on extra staff to cope with the pre-Christmas rush, which has offered a raft of mainly temporary work.

Unions are likely to focus on the new figure for average pay rises amid continuing complaints that workers’ wages are failing to keep up with the cost of living.

Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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