Tuesday 11 August 2020 / 9:08 AM Jonathan Reynolds / Work and Pensions

UK employment has fallen by the largest amount in over a decade – Jonathan Reynolds response

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the ONS Labour market overview showing UK employment has fallen by the largest amount in over a decade, said:

“Labour has repeatedly warned the Government their one size fits all approach will lead to job losses. These figures confirm what we feared – Britain is in the midst of a jobs crisis.

“It is extremely worrying that this increase in unemployment has hit older workers, the self-employed and part-time workers hardest.

“The Government must wake up to the scale of this crisis, and put an end to this jobs crisis and adopt a more flexible approach targeted at the sectors who need it most.

“Every job lost is a tragedy and we must do all we can to safeguard people’s livelihoods.”