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UK: Union body believes unemployment figures unrepresentative
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that the unemployed total in the UK is ‘deceptively good’ because people are increasingly having to accept part-time or temporary work in the absence of full-time opportunities. The Office for National Statistics reported that the number of underemployed rose to 2.8 million in the period from July to September 2009, compared to a figure of 2.1 million two years previously. Total unemployment in the three months to Novermber 2009 fell by 7000 to 2.46 million, the first fall in 18 months, and a similar small fall is expected when official figures are released today for the three-month period to December 2009.
At the same time, the Federation of Small businesses has called on the Government to reduce National Insurance contributions, saying that 60% of small firms cannot take on more staff due to their tax burden.