Nicola Smith
I’m Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC. I am also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. My posts may therefore range from the environment to the welfare state via macroeconomic policy but will inevitably provide more detail in some areas than others.

Blog Entries by Nicola Smith

Unemployment May Be Falling, But It Hides the Desperate Need For More Full-Time Jobs

(4) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (10:02)

This year has seen the first double dip recession in the UK for 40 years and the longest since records begun. But even as the economy shrinks, unemployment has been falling, albeit only slightly and only with any real momentum in London. Whilst many countries have experienced jobless recoveries, few...

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Government Needs to Take Responsibility for Rising Unemployment

(2) Comments | Posted 16 November 2011 | (22:00)

Yesterday's unemployment figures were shocking. There are now 1,016,000 young people aged 16-24 who are looking for work, 26% of whom have been out of a job for over a year.

Stark regional differences are re-emerging: in the north east the adult unemployment rate is now 11.6%, and has...

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