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Title: The Controversy about UK Unemployment Statistics
Subtitle: The Latest Developments
Author(s): WELLS, John
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 3 Issue: 1 Date: April 1996
There is widespread public disquiet in the UK about the country's headline unemployment count: the claimant count (cc) of those unemployed and receiving unemployment-related benefit. Public confidence has been undermined by the frequent changes arising from changes/restrictions for eligibility for benefit, as well as from technical statistical changes; they total 35 to date and have virtually all served to reduce the count. The British Labour Party's deputy leader, John Prescott, has insisted that unemployment, properly measured was at leastone million higher than the cc -standing at that time at just below 3 million- thereby endorsing and publicizing the long-argued position taken by the Unemployment Unit as well as by other researchers.