Politicians are always looking for new angles and prisms through which to observe and present statistics in the most benign way.
A comparatively recent statistical gem is as follows:
“Almost 30 million people were in work at the end of 2012, an increase of 154,000 on the quarter to September and the highest total since records began, in 1971.”
“Since records began” is quite a new angle and as nonsensical as the rest.
Today’s UK population is about 63.2 million.
The 1971 population in was 55.9 million.
That’s an increase of 7.3 million.
In 1971, unemployment was 2.98% of the workforce. Today it is 7.8%.
The figures don’t lie – they’re just encouraged to do so……..
The United Kingdom’s latest unemployment figures have just been published amid extravagant “progress” claims by the Coalition Government.
Here is a BBC screen from April 2010 – just before the last election:
Here is the BBC screen from TODAY:
DO please click on both images! Your eyes are NOT deceiving you!
We appear to have had a lot of activity and bustle from the Coalition Government but the unemployment figure is exactly the same as it was three years ago.
The government claims to have created ONE MILLION new jobs in the private sector.
That must be the MOST UNPRODUCTIVE block of workers ever seen because they have had no impact whatsoever on National Productivity.
What is occurring? Apart, that is, that MORE of the 2.5 million are now either under-employed and/or part-time.