‘Myth’ of full employment exposed


Report points to 2.3 million unemployed and to big regional and local disparities.

The real level of unemployment is just under 2.3 million, says a report published by Sheffield Hallam University.

This new estimate of unemployment compares with just under 800,000 on the official claimant count and 1.5 million on the government’s preferred measure of unemployment based on its Labour Force Survey.

Substantial unemployment remains hidden on incapacity benefits (mostly Employment and Support Allowance), says the new report.

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