Full employment: are we nearly there yet

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Innes, Dave
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
13 January 2018
Employment, Social Policy, Minority Groups, Disabled people, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This briefing examines why full employment matters for poverty in the UK, and makes recommendations for what should be included in the Government’s full employment target. It argues that we must go beyond the headlines when thinking about this issue.

Key findings:

  • One in 10 workers are 'underemployed'.
  • 5.3% of the working-age workforce would like to be working but are not represented in the unemployment figures.
  • There is substantial variation in employment rates by disability status, region and ethnicity.

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