Monday, February 1, 2010

Labour: we’ve literally created 1.27m jobs

New research from Manchester University’s Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change shows that of the 2.24m net new jobs created by the Labour government between 1997 and 2007, an enormous 1.27 million of them (57%) were actually state or para-state (i.e. dependent on state funding or contracts).

The situation is even worse in certain areas such as the North-East where 79% of all new jobs were state dependent as opposed to 41% in London and teh South East. In some areas such as the West Midlands there was actually a net drop of 37,000 jobs in the private sector and an increase in 105,000 in the state and para-state.

These figures totally destroy Labour’s claims to have built the economy up and created new jobs. It suggests that a large reason for the economy’s growth during the 10 years of boom was really the creation of state jobs and an increase in state spending. It also suggests that the government has been propping up its vote in various areas by creating government and government funded jobs in areas where employment would otherwise have risen.

The more worrying thing i that it also suggests that there’s almost no way they can cut government spending without a resulting increase in unemployment. Difficult times will be ahead for all.

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