Wednesday, 12 August 2009
UK Unemployment increases
What is wrong with this graph the BBC have sough to include on their website re UK unemployment. I wonder for a start why it goes back to 1971, the statistics go back a lot further than that. Perhaps 1 million unemployed was a nice round number. I also note that it is not compared against UK population growth. Which is strange for the BBC, as I would imagine the last few years would see an even better performance as the population grew whilst unemployment fell.
However, the is miss is that the ONS data does not account for all the messing about with claimant statistics, for example moving people to disability benefits rather than pure unemployment, plus the current vocational/volunteer schemes which skew the numbers.
Without this, I can't even believe this as a rough guide, as since the 1980 recession governments' have had too much of a vested interest in fiddling these numbers.