Synergy Client Solutions was relieved to see that UK unemployment fell by 45,000 last month.
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), unemployment has fallen for the second month in a row. The figures have fallen to 2.6m, the lowest it’s been since last summer. The average unemployment rate for Europe is firmly at 10.2% but it seems that the UK is heading in the right direction as the national figures have fallen to 8.2%. In addition, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell for the second month in a row to 1.59m - a large drop of 13,700. So why have figures fallen so dramatically? It seems that the fall in jobless figures is down to a rise in the number of people taking on part-time work. Synergy Client Solutions were intrigued to learn that now eight million are now working in a part-time job – smashing the previous record, held since 1992.
A number of measures have been put in place to try and combat the rising unemployment. Various government and non-government organisations have been tackling the issue and it seems that progress is finally being made. Employment minister Chris Grayling called the figures, “A welcome step in the right direction” and went on to say, “For a number of months now, employment has been growing and this is starting to feed through into improving unemployment figures.”
Benjamin Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions was delighted to hear of the new figures. “Unemployment in the UK has been a constant battle and its great when we see improvements like this. However, we must continue to do everything to ensure the numbers keep falling. The Government have worked hard to tackle youth unemployment and now they are moving to tackle unemployment on a larger scale. These recent published figures show a positive trend towards the ultimate goal and it is great we are heading in the right direction.”
These figures are in stark contrast to what is going on in much of the rest of Europe. Spain for example has hit shocking unemployment levels of 24.1% Synergy Client Solutions is hopeful that the trend will spread throughout Europe and help the European economy as a whole to improve.