Employment: Skills revolution in dole queue

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The Government's belief that higher skills mean lower unemployment is called into question today by the London School of Economics.

Writing in the Employment Policy Institute's Employment Audit journal, Peter Robinson of LSE's Centre for Economic Performance shows how people on the dole have become better qualified over the last 20 years. In 1979, some 59 per cent of the unemployed in Britain had no qualifications, while by 1996 that figure had dropped by more than half to around 29 per cent. In the same issue, however, it is reported that there is a strong link between high educational attainment and high levels of pay.

- Barrie Clement, Labour Editor