Stat of the day: 168,015

The number of people from low-paid jobs now on the dole - almost double pre-recession figures.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Here’s an exclusive from the University of the Bleedin’ Obvious: according to figures from the TUC, those on the lowest wages have made up almost half the increase in unemployment since 2008, research by the TUC suggests. In other news: world continues to turn…

According to the report, out this morning, sales, service and administrative jobs are responsible for 41% of the claimant count rise over the period – but represent less than 20% of the workforce. Elementary service and admin occupations – which includes labourers, bar and catering staff and cleaners – have had the second sharpest rise in claimant count unemployment, almost doubling from 86,250 in April 2008 to reach 168,015 in August 2011.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said it’s because the government’s ‘rigid austerity plan’ is killing off job prospects and stifling business growth.

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