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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Cameron tells porkies on private sector job creation under Coalition

Excellent analysis by the TUC's Nicola Smith in challenging the Prime Minister's misleading spin on private sector job creation at PMQ's. The Prime Minister's claim that the private sector has created 581,000 jobs since the coalition came to power, with 336,000 being lost in the public sector over the same period is not supported by the facts: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2011/12/pm-is-wrong-more-public-sector-jobs-have-been-lost-than-have-been-created-in-the-private-sector/

Cameron had compared figures dating back to January 2010 (the government was formed in mid-May!). Smith points out that a more accurate assessment would be to look at change in employment levels starting from the April – June 2010 quarter (the actual period in which the election took place, rather than the three months before it) to now. That shows that 267,000 private sector jobs have been created, and 305,000 public sector posts have been lost.