Michael Simmons Michael Simmons

It’s official: we don’t know how many people are unemployed

Whitehall has been unable to collate the figures

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For perhaps the first time in its history, the Office for National Statistics does not know how many employed, unemployed and economically inactive people there are in the country. This morning, the monthly labour market figures were due to be published. But late last week news slipped out that the employment portion of the release would have to be delayed.

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