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UK government figures show 562,000 job vacancies

As the unemployment rate in the UK continues to push higher and higher there is some concern about the quality and accuracy of the figures released into the public domain. It would appear, according to government figures, there are currently 562,000 job vacancies in the UK and while the number has fallen by 49,000 in the last quarter and 118,000 over the last 12 months this is still a substantial figure. But how can unemployment be rising as job vacancies total over 500,000?

There is very little detail about the quality of the vacancies included in the government figures, which are released by the office of National statistics, which would suggest a number of low paid positions are included. It would also be interesting to have a breakdown of the regional job vacancies as we would then be able to find out the employment hotspots of the UK and those where further investment may be required.

The 562,000 figure is the one being quoted as the government continues to attack the benefit system in the UK, attempting to push as many people into employment as possible. Whether these positions are actually available today is very debatable as the information available is fairly sketchy.

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