Monday, February 16, 2009
Although we are constantly told that there are half a million job vacancies in the economy, Tony McNulty, the Employment Minister, has been given (deservedly) a right royal pasting over the few days about the effectiveness of Job Centre Plus and he has waffled and spluttered his way around the TV and radio studio circuit with his usual brand of bravado and attack-dog style.
Faced with, literally, thousands of emailed complaints to the various broadcasting organisations, he has blithely said that he will examine everyone of the individuals' complaints and address them directly. Yeah, sure he will.
But there is a bigger question to answer here. Unemployment figures, as measured by the number of people claiming job seekers allowance, is touching 2 million. So, even if these half a million job vacancies actually exist and they actually match the skills and salary aspirations (and their locations) of those people currently unemployed there will still be 1.5 million people who will not have a job.
When there are over 3 million people unemployed in a year's time will they still be saying that there are half a million vacancies and the Conservatives are the "do nothing" party?