The UK had seen positive outcomes in the job sector earlier this year, but there are now signs that show us it is experiencing a few set backs as the recent statistics for unemployment come forward. There has reportedly been a rise, for the first in two years, in the people out of work.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 1.85 million people were unemployed in the March to May period of this year, an increase of 15,000 from the previous months. This has also been reflected in the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefit. In June alone, figures rose from 7,000 to 804,200. Looking across the country, the higher employment rates were situated in the South West, at 77.4%. The lowest employment numbers were in Northern Ireland, at 67.9%. These figures, compared to the same period a year earlier, have decreased.
It has been seen to be possible that the rate of improvement in the labour market from previous years is in gradual decline. Despite this possible explanation, nothing is certain in the realms of unemployment and job rates. Others have looked to answers, not causes, by indicating that the Government ought to boost the number of apprenticeships to give everyone the chance to earn, learn and contribute- and keep unemployment on a low.