I saw the headlines today about the latest unemployment figures and they weren’t half being bigged up everywhere. Across the United Kingdom 4.3% adds up to around 1.45 million people. Unemployment is defined as Unemployed people as those without a job who have been actively seeking work in the past 4 weeks and are available to start work in the next 2 weeks. It also includes those who are out of work but have found a job and are waiting to start it in the next 2 weeks.
Douglas Fraser , BBC Scotland , even did a wee graph that was not all jockland bad .
And the SNP did what they do, what they all do, and something I suppose I find annoying even though I understand why they do it .
Many will say that any reduction is good news, but what is the truth of it all because I haven’t trusted the figures for as long as I can remember and don’t even understand why people still put so much emphasis on them. Business Insider has unemployment really at around 21.5%, and explain it like this:
about 21.5% of British workers are either officially unemployed, inactive, or employed part-time even though they really want full-time work. Some of those people — parents with newborns, university students — may not want jobs right now, but they will want jobs soon. Even when you take those out of the equation, the true rate of people without jobs who want them looks like this, according to analyst Samuel Tombs at Pantheon Economics.
The simple reality is that the figures are pretty much shit, they don’t show economic inactivity or cover the disguised unemployed like those on zero hours contracts or working in the gig economy. The implication with the headlines is that if you want a job then you just have to go and get one, it’s just not true, I know of many people looking for work this summer who can’t even get a reply, let alone an interview. I wish all the political parties would just tell the truth about the real situation in this country, I don’t want to talk the country down and create more problems but by burying our heads in the sand we won’t solve the many problems this country has but I am sick of being taken as an idiot by politicians and those in the media, just tell the f truth.