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WHAT IMPACT DOES THE RISING EMPLOYMENT RATE HAVE ON POVERTY?

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Kris Ambler No Comments

JRF 14th May 2015

Labour Market Statistics released yesterday show employment is at its highest since records began, and unemployment is decreasing rapidly, says Catherine Davie. But what impact does this have on poverty?

While in-work poverty is a growing concern in the UK, we mustn’t forget that for those who are workless, gaining a job can make a huge difference in the fight against poverty. Research released by the Office for National Statistics looking at poverty and employment transitions found that between 2007 and 2012, 70 per cent of people aged 18 to 59 moved out of poverty when they got a job. I’ve done some similar analysis using Understanding Society and the story appears to be the same, with 71 per cent of those who got a job between 2010 and 2012 getting out of poverty.

Catherine Davie, Policy & Research Intern, JRF

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