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Bosses’ job claims are nonsense

Issue No. 2257

The bosses’ CBI organisation gloated this week that the private sector would employ all the public sector workers losing their jobs.

Regardless of the destruction of services, public sector job cuts mean this is nonsense.

The CBI point to the first three months of this year—that saw more new private sector employment jobs than public sector job losses—as proof.

This ignores the 2.43 million people on the dole.

And the 24,000 public sector jobs lost in the first three months of the year is a misleading figure—massaged by the temporary hiring of 15,000 people to do the 2011 census. These jobs have finished.

If these temporary workers are removed, then public sector employment fell by 39,000.

The idea is further undermined by the fact that the government’s own economic forecaster, the OBR, said there would be around 20,000 public sector job losses in the last year.

In reality, 143,000 public sector workers lost their jobs—88,000 in local government, 37,000 in central government, 24,000 in education and 10,000 in the NHS.

These figures are for the year to March, but nearly all public sector jobs cuts started from April onwards.

The OBR “predict” 600,000 public sector job cuts in the next three years. Even that low estimate would push unemployment over three million.

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Tue 21 Jun 2011, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2257
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