“Our economic plan has helped deliver sharp falls in long-term youth unemployment”, wrote the Conservatives in their 2015 manifesto. But how we measure unemployment, and what we interpret those measures to mean can be misleading, argues Monica Threlfall. She explains that percentages illustrating a proportion of the labour force are often reported as if illustrating a proportion of the […]
Paid work is never enough: we need to pay attention to the quality as well as the quantity of jobs created
Getting people into employment will not on its own ensure decent living standards and reduce poverty, finds Peter Taylor-Gooby. His research shows that, while higher employment is associated with lower poverty, other factors are more important. The most important factor in reducing poverty levels across the countries looked at was the strength of contractual rights, and other policies, such as access to […]
Half of the regions and nations of the UK still have lower employment rates than they did at the onset of recession
Today’s labour market statistics marked a break-even moment, with the working age employment rate going above its pre-recession level for the first time. However, the headline masks a very uneven picture across regions and nations; the ‘jobs gap’ remains in half of these, writes Laura Gardiner.
Today’s employment statistics mark an important point on the long road to recovery from the historically deep downturn we have […]
The ONS released figures this week showing expanding employment while wages continue to stagnate. What is behind this puzzling picture? Geraint Johnes writes that the slack that has remained in the labour market, in the form of the underemployed and self-employed, offers one explanation for sluggish wage performance.
The latest labour market statistics show numbers in employment rising by 150,000 during […]
New research by Anna Bindler and colleagues finds that young people who leave school during recessions are significantly more likely to get involved in crime than those who leave school while markets are more buoyant. The research demonstrates a disconcerting and long-run effect of economic downturns.
Recessions typically lead to an increase in youth unemployment rates, leaving young people to face more […]
It is clear that youth unemployment leads to many negative outcomes in terms of both material and mental wellbeing. Here, Ronald McQuaid summarises the multiple scarring effects of youth unemployment. Current high levels of youth unemployment will therefore be felt by society for decades, making effective policy responses incredibly important.
Being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later […]
Research indicates that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences as a result of being unemployed than women
Poor health is an outcome of unemployment, and men tend to be far more affected than women. Jenny Gulliford talks about the findings of her latest report ‘Sick of Being Unemployed: The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them’. She argues that the government must consider how ill-health in unemployed men could be […]
While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the ‘culture of welfare dependency’ argument does not hold
There is little hard evidence on the extent to which the ‘curse’ of intergenerational worklessness exists and what might be driving it. Research by Lindsey Macmillan finds that though the problem is overstated, there is indeed evidence of individuals from workless families churning in and out of the labour market at a more frequent rate to those from employed families. […]