Chamber business leaders from across the United Kingdom have today written to the Prime Minister calling for a renewed focus on tackling the barriers to growth and investment in the United Kingdom - and a radical plan for action.
Half of UK businesses have faced skills or labour shortages in the last year, but only a minority are actively looking overseas to fill vacancies, according to a survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with Middlesex University London.
- In the three months to September 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.6%
- In the three months to September 2013, unemployment fell by 48,000 and employment increased by 177,000
- Youth unemployment (16-24) fell 9,000 in the three months to September, but was still high at 965,000, and the jobless rate was 21%
- The claimant count fell 41,700 between September and October 2013
- In the three months to July 2013, unemployment fell 24,000, and employment rose 80,000, compared with the previous quarter
- In the three months to July 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.7%, down slightly from 7.8%
- Youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) rose 9,000 to 960,000, and the unemployment rate in this age group was 21%
- Between March and June 2013, public sector employment fell 34,000, and private sector employment rose 114,000
- In the three months to June 2013, unemployment fell by 4,000, and employment rose by 69,000, compared with the previous quarter
- Long term unemployment is up, with further increases in the number of those unemployed for more than one year and two years
- Youth unemployment has risen by 15,000 in the three months to June, and now stands at 973,000
- In July 2013 the claimant count fell by 29,200, compared with June