Web links for 16th July 2009
The Independent quotes Philip Shaw, UK Economist at Investec: "We suspect that the claimant count numbers are being biased down by individuals moving off the count onto government schemes such as the New Deal. While they would still effectively be jobless, on this measure they would no longer be classified as unemployed. Are people really finding jobs? Employment and hours worked fell sharply in the three months to May, so we think not."
Larry Elliot on the possible cause of the ILO and claimant count divergence