Good piece on under-employment. The government has been using the slight drop in the unemployment figures to suggest that their strategy is working. The only problem is that they are basically talking bollocks.

Birmingham Against The Cuts

Underemployment – where someone is working part time but looking for full time work – is soaring in the West Midlands, according to a TUC analysis of unemployment in August 2012. There are now 246,000 people in the West Midlands doing part time jobs only because they cannot find full time work or get more hours from their employers.
Nationally, 1.42 million people are in part time work whilst looking for a new full time job, adding a huge amount of competition for jobs for the 2.59 million people who are unemployed. In addition to that, there are almost 2 million people who are trying to get more hours from their employer, reducing the number of jobs that will come onto the market, since employers are more likely to give existing employees more hours rather than create a new post.

Midlands TUC Regional Secretary Rob Johnston said that

Unemployment is…

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