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Employment figures paint bleak picture

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THE LIKELIHOOD of being in work has fallen faster in the South West than anywhere else in England over the last five years.

In 2008, the employment rate for the South West was 76.5 per cent, compared to 72.4 per cent in the UK, giving the South West a lead of 4.1 percentage points.

However, the lead has slipped to just 2.6 percentage points today, with South West employment falling to 74.4 per cent, compared to 71.8 per cent in the UK.

Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the South West TUC, said: “As the country drags itself out of the doldrums, the South West is flatlining. The welcome signs of growth are masking the fact that the South West economy is not performing as well as the rest of the UK in job terms.

“The region has had a good record for employment levels even though pay is low.

“But the last five years of recession and stagnation have hit job prospects in the South West more than anywhere else.

“The region is also lagging behind the UK on the pay front.

“The squeeze in earning has been even harder in the South West.

“Between 2008 and 2013 pay in the UK went up by 9.6 per cent, still behind inflation.

“But in the South West earnings only rose by 5.7 per cent, leaving families struggling to pay faster rising prices.”

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11:39am Mon 20 Jan 14

swindondad says...

What a (deliberately?) misleading headline.

With both the year on year and month on month numbers for people in work and numbers claiming JSA improving (and as always better than national average) you have to be clutching at political straws to make them "paint (a) bleak picture".
What a (deliberately?) misleading headline. With both the year on year and month on month numbers for people in work and numbers claiming JSA improving (and as always better than national average) you have to be clutching at political straws to make them "paint (a) bleak picture". swindondad
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11:55am Mon 20 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

The Adver have re-printed a TUC press release - so of course it's the usual twisted, socialist anti-government propaganda.

We'd expect nothing less from trade unions.
The Adver have re-printed a TUC press release - so of course it's the usual twisted, socialist anti-government propaganda. We'd expect nothing less from trade unions. ChannelX
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1:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Its coming up to an election, what do you expect!
Its coming up to an election, what do you expect! house on the hill
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1:56pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Are the figures in the article false then?
Doesn't look good if they are true.
Are the figures in the article false then? Doesn't look good if they are true. Davey Gravey
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2:11pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Are the figures in the article false then?
Doesn't look good if they are true.
What, you mean people are still 2.6% more likely to be in work in the South West (which includes Swindon) than anywhere else in the country, on average?

How is that not a good thing?

Earnings in the South, generally, have risen less rapidly over the past decade or so as wages in the North have risen more quickly from a previously lower point.

Don't fall for the trade union propaganda, Davey.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Are the figures in the article false then? Doesn't look good if they are true.[/p][/quote]What, you mean people are still 2.6% more likely to be in work in the South West (which includes Swindon) than anywhere else in the country, on average? How is that not a good thing? Earnings in the South, generally, have risen less rapidly over the past decade or so as wages in the North have risen more quickly from a previously lower point. Don't fall for the trade union propaganda, Davey. ChannelX
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