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....Wages are now falling in real terms – adjusting for inflation – and the squeeze on household budgets has hurt consumer-facing businesses. But unemployment remains at a 42-year low, a drop in imports has narrowed Britain’s trade deficit and the pound’s renewed weakness has boosted the FTSE 100 by flattering the performance of companies that operate overseas and report their earnings in dollars. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Claudio Borio, the chief economist at the BIS, welcomed a turnaround in global growth over the past year that had “strengthened considerably and [was] forecast to return to long-term averages soon”. He said: “Economic slack in the major economies has diminished further; in some, unemployment rates have fallen back to levels consistent with full employment. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Some in the remain camp have taken heart from the fact that France is growing more quickly than the UK, hopeful that this might engender the much-anticipated buyers’ remorse. There is not yet much sign of this, perhaps because voters are smart enough to realise that one quarter does not make up for decades of slow growth and high unemployment in France, and perhaps also because countries are sometimes willing to accept some short-term economic pain for a political objective. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....9% and expected to rise further above the government’s 2% target over the coming months. The three MPC members who voted for a rate rise believe the lowest unemployment rate since the 1970s will generate pressure for higher wages and that, unless policy is tightened now, there is the risk that a more aggressive stance will have to be announced later. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Pound leaps as Carney says growth will factor in interest rate debate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of June 2017 03:15:46 PM
....9% and expected to rise further above the government’s 2% target over the coming months. The three MPC members who voted for a rate rise believe the lowest unemployment rate since the 1970s will generate pressure for higher wages and that, unless policy is tightened now, there is the risk that a more aggressive stance will have to be announced later. ...
With politics turned on its head, Labour sticks to Brexit ambiguity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 01:05:57 PM
....Some in the remain camp have taken heart from the fact that France is growing more quickly than the UK, hopeful that this might engender the much-anticipated buyers’ remorse. There is not yet much sign of this, perhaps because voters are smart enough to realise that one quarter does not make up for decades of slow growth and high unemployment in France, and perhaps also because countries are sometimes willing to accept some short-term economic pain for a political objective. ...
Central banks raise alarm over new crash after steep rise in lending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 10:30:27 AM
....Claudio Borio, the chief economist at the BIS, welcomed a turnaround in global growth over the past year that had “strengthened considerably and [was] forecast to return to long-term averages soon”. He said: “Economic slack in the major economies has diminished further; in some, unemployment rates have fallen back to levels consistent with full employment. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces slowdown amid living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:36 AM
....Wages are now falling in real terms – adjusting for inflation – and the squeeze on household budgets has hurt consumer-facing businesses. But unemployment remains at a 42-year low, a drop in imports has narrowed Britain’s trade deficit and the pound’s renewed weakness has boosted the FTSE 100 by flattering the performance of companies that operate overseas and report their earnings in dollars. ...
Low wages are 'return to pre-industrial Britain', says Bank of England economist image
....Haldane, whose speech revealed differences with the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, over interest rates, said the read-across from pre-industrial Britain to the 21st century was not exact but that there were parallels with today’s gig economy. He added that there was evidence that changes in the nature of work had been a factor in explaining why wage growth was running at just 2% at a time when unemployment was the lowest since the mid-1970s. ...
Why is productivity so low since the crisis – particularly in the UK? | Howard Davies image
....The Bank of England has acknowledged that trade-off, estimating that productivity would have been 1% to 3% higher in the UK had it raised interest rates to pre-crisis levels in the recovery phase. But they believe the consequences – slower income growth and higher unemployment – would have been unacceptable. ...
Pain without gain: the truth about austerity | Phillip Inman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 04:54:09 PM
....It all adds up to an economy running on empty, with everyone, including ministers, borrowing extra each year just to keep the wheels turning. At a time when the official figures show employment at a record high and unemployment at a historical low, the workforce should be enjoying wage rises of at least 4% or 5%. ...
Brexiters have voted for a poverty even worse than austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... Way back in 1980, in the early stages of Mrs Thatcher’s sado-monetarist regime, the great JK Galbraith wrote in this newspaper: “British social services and social insurance soften what elsewhere might be intolerable hardship. British phlegm is a good antidote for anger; but so is an adequate system of unemployment insurance. ...
Bank of England doves right to thwart hawks seeking interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 01:18:37 PM
.... Inflation is heading above 3%, at which point the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, will have to write an explanatory letter to the chancellor, Philip Hammond. The continued fall in unemployment also meant a tighter labour market and, although the weak pound has put the brakes on consumer spending by making imports dearer, the other side of the coin is that a more competitive currency is helping exports and encouraging businesses to invest. ...
Fed raises interest rates again in further sign of confidence in US economy image
....25%, the third consecutive quarterly increase. The move follows a record run of jobs growth in the US that has driven the unemployment rate down to its lowest level in 16 years. ...
UK pay squeeze breaks all sorts of records for all the wrong reasons | Larry Elliott image
....The recession officially came to an end by late 2009 and after a couple of years of weak and patchy growth, the worst seemed to be over. Activity picked up, unemployment started to come down. ...
UK economy falls to bottom of EU growth league image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 05:33:45 PM
....Prospects for the 19-nation eurozone, by contrast, have brightened. Political uncertainty has diminished now France’s presidential election is out the way, unemployment has fallen, business surveys point to solid demand and a continuing recovery in the global economy could boost exports, economists say. ...
Take a bow Mario Draghi – has the ECB chief saved the eurozone? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 02:21:01 PM
.... Again, this follows the example of the Fed and the Bank of England. No question, the ECB is in a far better place than it was this time five years ago, when the economy was dipping in and out of recession, unemployment was rising and there were real fears that Italy and Spain would be the next dominoes to fall in Europe’s debt crisis. ...
Topshop owner sees profits dive by 79% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 12:44:18 AM
....Market conditions remained "challenging and very competitive", with new players entering the market particularly online, it continued. And while UK unemployment was low and consumer credit availability continued to rise "the slow growth in average earnings impacts the spending power of customers". ...
Austerity has strangled the British economy. Only Labour gets this | Joseph Stiglitz image
.... So not only does it create jobs once: the investment creates jobs multiple times. The result of that is that the economy grows by a multiple of the initial spending, and public finances turn out to be stronger: as the economy grows, fiscal revenues increase, and demands for the government to pay unemployment benefits, or fund social programmes to help the poor and needy, go down. ...
Tories have ‘shameful record’ on FOBT gambling, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 05:19:03 PM
....7bn for all constituencies tallies with the amount the Gambling Commission said bookies took from FOBTs in the 2015-16 year. The data also provide fresh evidence of “clustering” by bookmakers, which have been accused of targeting areas suffering from low wages, high unemployment and high rates of child poverty. ...
Wealth 'begins at £134,170 a year' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 02:41:04 PM
....But in south east England, you'd have to be earning £162,844 to be seen as rich, 78% more than in Wales. "The labour market is creating jobs at a steady rate and unemployment is at its lowest level for more than four decades," said Mariano Mamertino, an economist at Indeed. ...
The global economy can recover faster if we avoid the obvious pifalls | Nouriel Roubini image
.... The Fed would then have to hike rates rapidly to catch up at the risk of triggering a recession. A related risk is that increasing rates too slowly could lead to an asset-price bubble and all the dangers – frozen credit markets, soaring unemployment, plummeting consumption, and more – implied by its inevitable deflation. ...
The strange death of strikes in Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of June 2017 06:00:46 AM
....Yet it’s still remarkable how few worker rebellions there are. Economic theory suggests that with unemployment so low – back to the levels of 1975 – and the stock market at a record high, fuelled by record profits, workers should be able to negotiate better pay. ...
US adds fewer jobs than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 12:56:13 PM
. US employers added fewer jobs than expected in May, but the unemployment rate dipped further as the economy headed toward full employment. ...
UK house prices fall for third month in a row for first time since financial crisis image
....”. He noted real incomes were under pressure as inflation had overtaken wage growth, although the number in work continued to rise at a healthy pace and the unemployment rate hit a 42-year low in the three months to March. ...
House prices fell again in May, Nationwide says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 07:29:31 AM
....However, Mr Gardener said: "The number of people in work has continued to rise at a healthy pace. Indeed, the unemployment rate fell to a 42-year low in the three months to March. ...
Would a four-day week work? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 09:13:12 AM
....Trying to boost productivity by reducing hours worked would not be without its costs. France has higher unemployment than the UK. ...
Tax on test: do Britons pay more than most? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
....Most taxpayers typically pay around 25% of their salary in social security, compared with 12% in the UK. But for this they receive arguably the world’s best health service, unemployment benefit typically at 65% of your former pay (up to a ceiling of about €6,000 a month, compared with £72. ...
Paradise in the Med image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 09:54:43 PM
.... It's the problem of other EU states that don't. Why should I increase my tax rates to please Germany or France? A lot of countries should look at the way their tax system has killed off business and led to unemployment. ...
'Workers are being punished by Brexit' – experts debate the data image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:14:25 AM
.... I fully expect that inflation will continue its inexorable rise during 2017. Even though unemployment was better than forecast, official data confirmed pay growth failed to keep pace with inflation in the opening three months of 2017 and so wages were falling in real terms. ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
.... Living standards are again falling, but while the economy has slowed markedly, as the latest GDP update showed, it continues to defy the gloomy forecasts of a Brexit recession made by some commentators this time last year. In the latest figures, unemployment is at the lowest level since 1975 and retail sales rebounded as shoppers apparently shrugged off any worries about rising prices to keep spending in April, although many retailers and economists take issue with the accuracy of the official data. ...
Proud papa image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 11:55:48 PM
.... . Mathur points out that in order to qualify for unemployment benefits in New York, a person must show she earned $1,900 in a calendar quarter. ...
The economy is stagnant because people fear for the future | Robert Shiller image
.... It first appeared in Harvard University economist Alvin Hansen’s presidential address to the American Economic Association, in December 1938, and in his book published the same year. Hansen described the “essence of secular stagnation” as “sick recoveries which die in their infancy and depressions which feed on themselves and leave a hard and seemingly immovable core of unemployment”. ...
How can Macron unite Europe? He could start with its armies | Hans-Werner Sinn image
.... But now a reality check is in order, because we do not yet know how the president intends to restore the French economy. The country has an unemployment rate of nearly 10% and its manufacturing sector is 12% below the level before the 2008 global financial crisis. ...
No bailout funds for Greece as eurozone finance chiefs fail to agree deal image
....5% of GDP. The European side thinks Greece can hit this target, but the IMF has long argued that any country with high unemployment, (currently 23% in Greece) would struggle to meet such demanding fiscal targets over decades. ...
Australians aren't being paid for their productivity. Get set for an industrial relations war | Greg Jericho image
....And the OECD also notes a major issue of work that is occurring in Australia – “higher employment rates but lower average hours per worker, which points to more part-time working, often in low productivity jobs”. In April, while the unemployment rate stayed steady at 5. ...
Forget Brexit, the real challenge is creating enough wealth for an ageing population image
.... Work by Steve Fothergill and Christina Beatty at Sheffield Hallam University has shown how the UK’s old manufacturing heartlands have never really recovered from the deindustrialisation of the 1980s and, to make matters worse, have been at the sharp end of the welfare cuts introduced since 2010. The unemployment rate has come down but the jobs that have been created have tended to be in low-wage sectors such as distribution and call centres. ...
The tax that pensioners should pay to fund care image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of May 2017 05:59:17 AM
.... The idea is that NI is basically a savings system that pays for our pensions, so once we’re in receipt of a pension we stop paying in. But NI, when first set up, was a system of insurance against illness and unemployment. ...
Sterling's fall buoys UK manufacturers as export orders rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 01:17:38 PM
.... The latest official jobs figures show prices rose at a faster pace than pay in the first three months of the year, putting household budgets under increased pressure. But they also show record levels of employment, with unemployment at a 42-year low. ...
The Guardian view on the economy: it’s bad | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 06:48:00 PM
.... The chancellor today played down the fall in real incomes as an aberration caused by a temporary spike in inflation, but this argument doesn’t really stand up to serious scrutiny. The unemployment rate was last this low in 1975, at which time the annual inflation rate was 10 times as high as its current rate, and wages were growing at 30% a year. ...
Unemployment is at its lowest since 1975, so why do people feel worse off? | Larry Elliott image
.... A bigger slice of the population is in work than at any time since modern records began. The unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1975. ...
Government accused of ignoring workers' plight as UK faces pay squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 09:24:55 AM
....McDonnell has promised a Labour government would introduce a higher minimum wage and end to a cap on public sector pay rises. Analysts said Britain was breaking all the rules of the postwar era as record levels of employment and unemployment at a 42-year low failed to spur consistently strong wage increases. ...
UK wage growth lags inflation for first time since mid-2014 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 08:33:02 AM
....54 million in the three months to March, said the Office for National Statistics. The UK unemployment rate has fallen to 4. ...
Jobs market will suffer a Brexit slowdown, say experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 11:01:29 PM
. British workers should brace themselves for rising unemployment and falling real pay in the year ahead as the impact of a Brexit slowdown is increasingly felt in the jobs market, reports have warned. ...
UK unemployment rate to rise in 2018, says EY Item Club image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 11:00:31 PM
....1% next year, as the supply of workers slows. Official unemployment data and average wages will be published by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday. ...
Mohamed El-Erian: ‘We get signals that the system is under enormous stress’ image
.... The inequality generated by the current low-growth climate has three elements: inequality of wealth, income and opportunity. The last of the three – manifested in high youth unemployment in many eurozone countries, for example – is the most explosive element. ...
Dramatic minimum wage rises will put low-paid jobs at risk, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 05:47:26 PM
....“Labour’s proposal to rapidly extend a £10-per-hour minimum wage to 18-24-year-olds, regardless of the state of the economy in 2020, is a particular gamble. Given how harmful periods of unemployment can be for young people, the long term costs could be considerable. ...
Brexit's hard Irish border questions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 08:22:16 AM
...."It's two countries, but really the economy of the island of Ireland is, in most respects, one economy," said Ellvena Graham, vice-president of the Northern Irish Chambers of Commerce. Companies have set up close to the border to make use of the good transport links to Dublin, and unemployment rates in the border counties have fallen from about 25% at the height of the Troubles to about 3% - lower than the national average. ...
UK will face pay squeeze this year as inflation spikes, warns thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 04:57:33 AM
.... It said the triggering of article 50 had only a short term impact on financial markets, leaving the economy to move ahead, albeit at a slower pace than before the vote. Kirby said the labour market remained “robust” with an unemployment rate of 4. ...
Federal budget 2017: the 10 graphs you need to see | Greg Jericho image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 10:39:56 AM
....And yet at the same time employment is expected to grow by a steady 1. 5% and the unemployment rate is expected to fall only to 5. ...
UK firms struggle to find employees – even before Brexit bites image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
....“Demand for staff is growing within all sectors and all regions of the UK, but there are fewer and fewer people available to fill the vacancies,” Green said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate since 2005 and people already in work are becoming more hesitant about moving jobs amid Brexit uncertainty. ...
Falling real pay shows the British economy is still struggling | Larry Elliott image
....This happens sometimes. The Conservatives completely mismanaged the economy between the late 1980s and the early 1990s, but won the 1992 election even though the worst housing bust in living memory and joining the exchange rate mechanism at too high a rate for the pound had sent unemployment spiralling above 3 million. ...
US jobs growth accelerates in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:37:34 PM
....US jobs growth staged a bigger recovery than expected in April as businesses added 211,000 posts. Figures from the US Department of Labour also showed the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4. ...
The Guardian view on the Bank of England: independence and accountability | Editorial image
.... The losers have been savers; the winners have been those who own shares, bonds and real estate, who have seen the value of their assets rise. The Bank’s counter-argument – that aggressive use of monetary stimulus has helped everybody by boosting growth and reducing unemployment – has merit. ...
Sainsbury’s warns over pay squeeze as profits slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 10:02:09 AM
....“General merchandise and clothing sales growth have been impacted by reduced consumer confidence and a marked slowdown in real pay growth. Economic commentators are divided on the implications for the UK economy, but there are fears that this slowdown in real income might drive a reduction in GDP growth, an increase in unemployment and a reduction in the rate of unsecured credit growth,” the company said in a statement. ...
Can Emmanuel Macron solve France's economic riddle? | Larry Elliott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 10:23:32 AM
.... President gets elected amid a wave of optimism. President says root and branch reform of the economy will lead to stronger growth and falling unemployment. ...
US economy turns in weakest quarterly performance in three years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 12:54:36 PM
.... He said his program of tax cuts for individuals and businesses, deregulation and tougher enforcement of trade agreements would double growth to 4% or better. “There are a lot of tailwinds behind consumers going into the spring, including low unemployment, better wage growth, high consumer confidence and record stock prices,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. ...
House prices fell again in April, Nationwide says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:25:06 AM
....However, Mr Gardner added that in some respects, the slowdown in price growth was "surprising". "The unemployment rate is near to a 40-year low, confidence is still relatively high and mortgage rates have fallen to new all-time lows in recent months. ...
Lloyds profits double to £1.3bn despite PPI and fraud payouts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:33:22 AM
....The bank, which is Britain’s largest mortgage lender, shrugged off the uncertainty created by Brexit and what António Horta-Osório, chief executive, described as a “challenging” operating environment. “The UK economy continues to benefit from low unemployment and reduced levels of indebtedness, and asset quality remains strong and is stable across the portfolio. ...
Job opportunities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:43 PM
....Egypt's economy has been in the doldrums since the economic shock of the revolution in 2011 and the political instability that followed. The youth unemployment rate stands at more than 30%. ...
Brexit economy: living standards are falling as the snap election looms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:38:58 AM
.... The export sector has failed to offset that domestic drag and GDP figures due this week are expected to show the economy slowed markedly at the start of this year. Still, lending support to those who say May was right to call a vote sooner rather than later, unemployment remains low, the housing market is steady, stock markets are near record highs and business activity continues to rise – albeit at a slower pace. ...
Full-time a fantasy as Australians work fewer hours than ever before | Greg Jericho image
....This is reflective I suspect of the shift from part-time work being viewed as a bit of a gap-filler role to one that is expected to be more crucial to the operations of the business (though not necessarily meaning a more permanent role). The data does put paid to the common complaint about the unemployment figures that, because people who work just one hour a week are counted as employed, the figures exaggerate the amount of real work. ...
Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
.... Many fear that artificial intelligence will bring further dislocation, though the situation may not be as dire as some expect. In the 1960s and early 1970s, many believed that computers and automation would lead to widespread structural unemployment. ...
As more buy clothes online, Walmart eyes a piece of the action image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 11:00:12 AM
....Since October, more than 89,000 retail positions have been lost. According to some estimates, the sector is on track to lose more stores this year than during the great recession of 2008, its problems accelerating even as a consumer confidence is high and unemployment low, suggesting the changes are systemic and not cyclical. ...
UK retail surge since Brexit vote comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:11:30 PM
.... Inflation has caught up with pay growth, so real incomes of workers are no longer rising. Employment growth has also slowed sharply over the past six months, even though unemployment remains historically low. ...
The Guardian view on the IMF: a global institution in an age of protection | Editorial image
.... Any one of the risks identified by the IMF could trigger a global downturn at a time when the political consequences of the last recession are still reverberating. The IMF fears that a fresh dose of unemployment and a renewed squeeze on living standards would intensify populism, nationalism and protectionism – and it is right. ...
Presidential challenge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:10:40 PM
IMF shifts from dismal to pessimistic, but has a sharper message about inequality | Greg Jericho image
....Looking out to 2022 (which is so far off, that admittedly it is of limited worth), the IMF sees Australia’s growth rarely going above the long-term average of 3%:. The IMF however does predict the unemployment rate will fall below 5% – a much more optimistic outlook than it has had for the past two years:. ...
El Paso: the border city grappling with the ramifications of Trump's proposals image
.... But the city bounced back. The unemployment rate in El Paso was close to 12% when Nafta was signed in 1994 and it is now less than 5%. ...
Trump, trade, interest and aid make for a challenging IMF summit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 03:00:05 PM
....The IMF and World Bank have previously sought to highlight the potential upsides to those countries receiving large numbers of immigrants and refugees. Young workers arriving in countries with low unemployment rates such as Germany can fill skills gaps and help ease long-term pressures on the state from an ageing population, for example. ...
Falling US retail sales cast doubt on further Fed interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 04:34:01 PM
....The retail sales and inflation data follow news of a sharp slowdown in job creation in the US in March as the poor weather, a government hiring freeze and a faltering retail sector all appeared to put a chill on President Donald Trump’s promise to boost hiring. But the unemployment rate declined to 4. ...

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