We have heard from this government constantly how unemployment is at its lowest levels since records began. How great these jobs are and how there are enough jobs for everyone. So I decided to look into this as witnessing around me (from friends, family and colleagues), people struggling to fined new jobs that are not part time or zero hours. The truth about these figures is astonishingly shocking.
The Tories are claiming that unemployment is down to 1.5 million people and more people are in employment than ever before. The latter part of that statement is true but that is because they are forcing the disabled and unemployed into work low paid, part time or zero hour jobs. Multiple cases have been reported of disabled people being forced into work, who are paraplegic and other people with various disabilities (examples here, here and here). Add to this others who are unemployed forced off benefits to take zero hour contracts, low payed jobs and even hitting people with the bedroom tax to force people to take jobs that work out financially worse for them.
The Sheffield Hallam University released a research paper exposing the Tories lies over unemployment figures (here). They found that the actual true unemployment figures stand at 3.5 million as the government have fudged figures as to how bad the economy is performing and they are hiding it. Even economics.org checked the unemployment figures and they claim 5.1% is the true figure (here). Staggeringly still Business Insider claim the real unemployment rate to be standing at 21.5% (here). Surely all of these bodies that have very good reputations can’t be wrong. It couldn’t be a lying Tory politician trying to hide their disastrous economic record that serves the wealthy and big corporations and not the people.
Add to this the low and appalling productivity (here) since the 2008 economic crisis, this only adds to how incompetent the Tories are when it comes to economics. The Financial Times have even waded in exposing their poor handling of the economy with the clear fall in wages while the economy grew (here). This is clearly showing the Tories austerity plans are pure ideology and nothing more.
So we can now see the Conservatives are hiding unemployment figures to produce the low 1.5 million rate. This is nothing new in all honesty, Thatcher did the same years ago because she tried to con the people that business was booming, when in fact it was the rich getting richer and working class being left with nothing. They only want to keep their friends and donars rich and the rest of us scrapping for crumbs. That saying still rings true, you can’t trust a Tory!