Unemployment stats: Figures belie scale of challenge ahead

Reacting to figures released this morning showing that UK’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% in Q2 2021 (a decrease of 0.2% on the quarter before), Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: “These figures don’t give us a real picture of what is going on in our economy or the scale of the challenge ahead.

Christine Jardine MP

“The Government needs to listen to the businesses in the hospitality sector who cannot open up fully because staff were forced to move on during the lockdown. Or the countless small businesses who say they’re months away from closing. And the parents worried how they will feed their children and pay their bills if they lose their job when furlough ends next month.

“What the country needs is a long-term strategy to support jobs and businesses into the winter. And the Chancellor must start by extending the furlough scheme into next year to avoid a devastating jobs cliff-edge next month.”

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