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Budget 2010 - Supporting jobs


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Issued 24 march 2010

The Governmentís long-term goal is to ensure employment opportunity for all.

As the economy recovers from the global downturn, the Government is providing help for people at risk of becoming unemployed, supporting people who lose their jobs, and incentivising employers to recruit and employ people.
Budget 2010 announces:

  • extending the Young Personís Guarantee after March 2011, to ensure that young people continue to be guaranteed a job, training or work experience if they cannot find work within six months of claiming Jobseekersí Allowance;
  • a simplified system for working parents who claim the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit for short periods of time, such as during school holidays; and
  • people over 60, working at least 16 hours per week will be eligible for Working Tax Credit.

This builds on support that is already in place, including:

  • increased funding for Jobcentre Plus is helping over half of all claimants to move off JobSeekers Allowance within three months; and
  • the Young Personís Guarantee, which includes the Future Jobs Fund, is providing up to 120,000 paid jobs for young people and a further 50,000 jobs for adults in areas hit hardest by the downturn.

While unemployment has risen to just under 2.5 million, the UK labour market has remained more resilient than many independent forecasters expected at the beginning of the the recession, and the number of people claiming JobSeekers Allowance has fallen by 50,000 since October 2009

The following chart shows the employment rate (the percentage of working-age adults that are in work) and the unemployment rate (the number of people who are available to work and are actively looking for work) over time.

This line graph shows UK employment and unemployment rates, expressed as a percentage, between 1980 and the present. The two trend lines mirror each other. Employment beginning at approximately 74 per cent and concludes at approximately 72 per cent. Unemployment ranges from four to twelve per cent over the period shown, finishing on approximately eight per cent. Source: Labour Force Survey, ONS 2010

The following chart shows the claimant count, which measures the total number of people claiming JobSeekers Allowance (JSA). Inflows shows the number of people coming on and Outflows shows the number of people moving off JSA.

This line graph shows claimant count, inflows and outflows, in thousands, from 1989 to the present. The three sets of data follow similar trends, rising between 1989 and 1993, dropping steadily until 2008 before rising again. Source: Labour Market Statistics, ONS, 2010.

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