Jobless total to hit 1980s levels without fresh state support: says Labour

Jobless total to hit 1980s levels without fresh state support: says Labour

Britain’s opposition party Labour has warned that joblessness in the UK could be as bad as it was in the 1980s unless the government does more to assist businesses that have been battling the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are already 2.8 million people unemployed in the UK and this figure could go up by another million unless the government steps in, according to an analysis by the House of Commons Library reported by The Guardian. In 1984, unemployment in the UK peaked at 3.3 million.

The prime minister Boris Johnson is to announce plans on Tuesday to “build, build, build” new houses, hospitals, schools, roads and rail projects on a greatly accelerated timetable under a taskforce known as “project speed” and chaired by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.

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