Number of part-timers swell as hours are slashed

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that over the last quarter the number of part-time workers has increased by 61,000 because of the lack of full-time availability.

According to the ONS, the number of employees and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 45,000 on the quarter to reach 1.08 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992. The number of full-time workers fell by 56,000.
The total jobless total has increased by 23,000 over the quarter to reach 2.47 million.
Five unemployed people now fight for every job vacancy. Despite rising unemployment, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance decreased by 30,900 between April and May 2010 to reach 1.48 million. This is the first time the claimant count has been below 1.5 million since March 2009.
Commenting, Trades Union Congress General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “While the economy is slowly emerging from recession, the jobs outlook for millions of people is still bleak.
“Our chances of economic recovery are blighted by unemployment blackspots across the country where dole claimants outnumber jobs by 15 to one. Unless they are able to get back to work, the benefits bill and the deficit will continue to rise.”

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