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'Positive government action needed' on jobs

Published: Thursday, 20 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

Positive action on behalf of the government can help keep unemployment levels to a minimum as the economy continues to falter, it has been claimed.

Nicola Smith, senior policy officer for the Trades Union Congress' (TUC) economic and social affairs division, says a "bold policy response" to recent rises in the number of people out of work is needed.

In comments which may provide some reassurance to university leavers seeking graduate jobs, she stated: "There is potential to prevent the recession from being any deeper and any longer than it needs to be. We could have a shorter and shallower recession if the government takes the measures that are necessary."

According to last week's TUC analysis of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) labour market data from July to September 2008, 1,825,000 people were unemployed in the UK.

The number of people of working age without a job rose by 0.4 per cent to 5.8 per cent during this period, the figures indicated.

Earlier this week, Adecco Retail managing director Steven Kirkpatrick commented that although the recruitment market is more competitive at present than it has been for a long time, vacancies still exist for the right candidates.

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