Shock findings: unemployed people do move from benefits into work
New ONS analysis published today has considered a trend that the current Government aren’t keen to promote – the rate at which unemployed people move into jobs. The research demonstrates how fluid the labour market is. It turns out that unemployed people in the UK do not comprise a ‘dependent’ mass sitting around with their curtains closed while their neighbours go to work, but that around 400,000 unemployed people a month (even during the sharpest recession in decades) move from being unemployed into jobs. The reason the unemployment level has gone up is that the downturn led to around half a million people a month losing employment (with 400,000 a month still finding themselves newly unemployed now).