Wednesday, 17 September 2014

UK jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2008 but the BBC must point out an only tangential piece of bad news

The BBC report here through gritted teeth that:
'The unemployment rate fell to 6.2% over the three months to the end of July, its lowest level since 2008, official figures show.

The number of jobless people fell by 146,000 to 2.02 million over the quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported.

Those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in August fell below one million for the first time in six years.'
But the BBC can't allow there to be good economic news under a non Labour government, so the following rubric is there as usual:
'But average weekly earnings still lagged way behind inflation.'
I don't recall any good economic news under the Blair / Brown mis-government being automatically qualified by a piece of bad news. But then the BBC's subtext for UK news is always 'vote Labour'.

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