Latest Public Sector News


UK unemployment increases

Unemployment in the UK has risen to 2.49 million in the last three months, the latest figures show. The jobless rate has risen to 7.9%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The claimant count for Jobseeker’s Allowance has also risen for three months in a row, reaching 1.56 million in July. Youth unemployment is now at 20.2%, with 949,000 16-24 year olds without work, a rise of 15,000.

More people are now working part-time, increasing this statistic to 1.26 million, as they are unable to find full-time jobs.

Women have been disproportionately hit by the rise in unemployment, as 21,000 of the total increase are female. The number of women out of work is now 1.05 million, the highest since the spring of 1988.

Daniel Callaghan, a director at global recruitment group MBA, said: "The UK jobs market has been in dire straits over the last few weeks. Banking sector recruitment has been frozen and confidence is low in the business market. There is a distinct reluctance among many firms to take on skilled, full-time employees."

John Salt, director at job site Totaljobs, told the Telegraph: “Following the recent decline in output in the UK manufacturing industry, the rise in unemployment, unfortunately, does not come as a major surprise. This is worrying for young people considering there is another wave of graduates and school leavers entering the jobs market at this time of year."

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (I... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Networ... more >


Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welco... more >

the raven's daily blog

Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15/01/2019Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, ar... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >