Benefit cap hits 8,400 households

Thu, 03/10/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

The government has confirmed that the benefit cap affected 8,400 households between April and August, the period in which it was introduced.

The cap limits single people to a maximum of £350 per week, and couples and families to a maximum of £500 per week.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) today released official figures for the number having benefits capped in the first phase, which does not include the whole country.

Unemployment falls by 24,000 but wages down again - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 11/09/2013 - 13:39 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK fell by 24,000 between May and July to stand at 2.49 million people.

The rate fell marginally from 7.8% to 7.7%, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance also went down by 32,600 to 1.4 million.

There was an increase of 80,000 people in work over the same period according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

UK economy grows but jobs may not follow

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 13:24 -- nick

The economy in the UK grew by 0.6% in the last three months, creating hope that more jobs will follow.

This followed a rise of 0.3% last quarter, and the country has now grown by 1.4% over the last year.

All sectors - construction, manufacturing, services and agriculture - showed an improvement, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

Services, including banking, retail and insurance, make up four-fifths of the economy and led the way in increasing its output.

UK unemployment falls by 57,000 - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 14:14 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The rate is now 7.8%, but growth in jobs - only 16,000 more people were in work while the population is rising, and 9,000 of those were on government programmes - slowed significantly, and the employment rate fell by 0.1% to 71.4%.

85 applicants for each graduate job as number of openings falls

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 09:08 -- nick

The number of graduate job vacancies is falling as this summer's crop qualify and come on to the job market.

That is the warning of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) who are forecasting a drop of 4% in the number of work opportunities, a slowdown that is seeing 85 apply for each job.

Sectors seeing big drops include financial services as banks deal with the fallout of the world economic downturn, while others, including engineering and telecommunications, are showing strong signs of life with increasing numbers of jobs available.

Unemployed people receive only half the income they need

Fri, 28/06/2013 - 16:18 -- nick

Unemployed people without children receive only half the income they need to live a basic life, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

The anti-poverty charity also says that those with children receive a third less than needed, forcing more young people into poverty.

The report shows that single people need to earn at least £16,850 a year before tax in 2013 for a minimum acceptable living standard, while couples with two children need to earn at least £19,400 each.

Unemployment falls by 5,000 - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 12/06/2013 - 12:24 -- nick

Unemployment fell by 5,000 in the three months to June, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

This follows a recent spate of rises, although it was not big enough to change the overall rate, which remains at 7.8%.

Jobseeker's Allowance claimants fell by 8,600.

The fall in worklessness was driven by Scotland and Northern Ireland, while England saw a rise.

The number in work also rose, by 24,000, although population growth meant the employment rate actually fell by 0.1% to 71.5%.

Unemployment threatens society - ILO

Tue, 04/06/2013 - 11:36 -- nick

Britain is caught in a vicious unemployment spiral which threatens the fabric of society and could increase child poverty.

This is the shocking message from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations' employment arm.

It warns that low wages and high unemployment are sucking money out of the economy, leading to further decreases in the amount of money circulating and more jobs lost.



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