CSO moves on new unemployment gauge

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The Central Statistical Office announced a consultation exercise over proposals for a monthly estimate of unemployment and employment based on its Labour Force Survey. The current jobless measure - the number of people claiming unemployment benefit - has been strongly criticised for numerous definitional changes which reduced the headline figure.

A CSO task force has recommended a monthly survey-based measure that would cost an additional pounds 7m-pounds 8m a year to collect. After consultation with users of the statistics, up to 31 May, the CSO will send its final proposals to the Chancellor for his approval.