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GMB On Unemployment Figures

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UK Jobs Factory Creating Unskilled, Low Paid & Precarious Jobs Reflecting Economic Growth Linked To Increase In Population

GDP per head is still 3% below 2007 levels and is the reason most workers have seen little or no evidence of any recovery says GMB.

GMB commented unemployment figures released today by Office for National Statistics.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "The “jobs factory” in Britain the Prime Minister talks about is creating mainly low skilled, low paid and precarious jobs that reflect economic growth linked to the increase in the population.

GDP per head is still 3% below 2007 levels and is the reason most workers have seen little or no evidence of any recovery. See notes to editors for data.

The fall in oil prices is providing hard pressed families with the first relief they have experienced since the onset of the recession nearly seven years ago.”

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237 178 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722

Notes to editors

GDP per head since 2007 at constant prices.

 

Gross Domestic Product: chained

volume measures:

Seasonally adjusted £m

population

GDP per capita

2007=100

% change since 1997

2007

1,552,989

61,319,100

25,326

100

 

2008

1,541,039

61,823,800

24,926

98.4

-1.6

2009

1,461,361

62,260,500

23,472

92.7

-7.3

2010

1,485,616

62,759,500

23,672

93.5

-6.5

2011

1,502,216

63,285,100

23,737

93.7

-6.3

2012

1,506,388

63,705,000

23,640

93.3

-6.7

2013

1,531,428

64,135,000

23,878

94.3

-5.7

2014

1,585,028

64,510,969

24,570

97.0

-3.0

           

NB: 2014 population data are 2012-based projections for start of the year

 

GDP figures for 2014 calculated using 3.5% growth since 2013

   

 

 

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