State back-to-work training is often worse than none at all
Taxpayers' cash ended up where it shouldn't have. An industry grew up that helped not the jobless, but trainers who made a good living from providing training courses, many of dubious quality
The dole queues continue to shrink. The latest figures show that the numbers claiming unemployment benefit declined – yet again – in November. Those numbers have now been falling almost uninterrupted for well over two years. With a little over 400,000 people signing on for jobless benefit last month, the claimant count is down significantly from August 2011, when it peaked at just a whisker short of 450,000.
Two questions are often asked about the shrinking claimant count: how big a role is emigration playing in lowering the numbers on the dole and how much credit does the Government deserve for helping people get off welfare and return to work?