The real level of unemployment in Britain is almost three times as high as the official claimant count and has remained unchanged at 2.6 million in the second half of Tony Blair’s time in Downing Street, according to a report released today.
A study by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University found that in addition to the 900,000 people out of work and claiming benefit, Britain had another 1.7 million “hidden jobless”.
The report said the main reason for the discrepancy was that the official unemployment figures failed to count those diverted on to other benefits or out of the welfare system altogether. In particular, one million of the 2.7 million people on incapacity benefit should be regarded as being in hidden unemployment, the researchers said.
Britain has three times the official number of jobless