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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Even official statistics can be misleading


I have written a couple of blog postings and articles about the plight of youth employment in the UK – and just about everywhere else come to that matter.

Having just read a paper (Getting the measure of youth unemployment ) by John Philpott, Chief economic adviser to the Chartered Instituted of Personnel and Development, I should have delved further into the numbers.

In this paper he looks at the way that the number of students in the “young people” category has distorted the figures when comparing them with previous periods. As you can see from the chart the percentage of students has increased dramatically.

Philpott is not saying the situation is good but it is not as bad as some commentators (including me) have suggested. Dick Stroud

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