Socialist Worker

Six million people are looking for full-time work

Issue No. 2231

The GMB union last month found that there are 1,359,282 unemployed claimants and just 521,729 job vacancies.

That means that there are 2.6 unemployed workers for every vacancy.

In London it’s even worse—benefit claimants outnumber vacancies by four to one.

By mid-2010 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that around six million were unemployed. They are either “economically inactive” but wanting to work, or working part‑time and wanting full-time work.

More than one fifth of workers, 22 percent, are living below the poverty line.

That shows that calling on people on benefits to try harder to find work won’t eradicate poverty.


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