Labour market shows resilience in tough economic climate - CBI
The CBI today commented on the latest official labour market data, showing that unemployment fell by 65,000 and employment rose by 181,000 in the three months to May. The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) rose by 6,100.
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills, said:
“Despite the challenging economic times, the British labour market is showing some resilience, with jobs being created and fewer people unemployed. The persistent rise in the number of people claiming JSA remains troubling, however.
“The rising number of JSA claimants, and the fact that we have 441,000 people who’ve been unemployed for over two years, emphasises how important the Government’s Work Programme is. We need everyone to get behind the vital Work Programme initiative, to ensure it fulfils its potential for jobseekers, employers, and taxpayers.”
Notes to Editors:
The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.