Long-term unemployment in 2012

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Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (London, England)
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
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1 November 2012
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report presents an analysis of long-term unemployment in Great Britain as at November 2012 and looks at the impact the Work Programme has had on unemployment. The analysis shows that long-term unemployment has more than doubled since 2008 and young people have been hit the hardest, with a 145% increase. Long-term unemployment for those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has seen the largest increases – for all ages it is up 173% and for young people up 339%. This has been fuelled by claimants being switched to JSA from inactive benefits – which have seen decreases in long-term claims. Women have seen particularly sharp increases – a 173% increase in long-term unemployment, which includes a 289% increase in JSA long-term unemployment. The weaker than expected economy in 2011 means that DWP’s expectation for Work Programme performance in its first year is unrealistically high. The authors consider a realistic benchmark for Work Programme performance in Year 1 is to reduce DWP’s minimum performance level by 15%.

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