Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recession misery for headline-writers as statistic repeatedly refuses to hit round number

UK unemployment hits 1.92 million
The total number of people unemployed is widely expected to have passed two million in the last three months of 2008 - those figures will be released in February.
- 21 January 2009

UK jobless total at 1.97 million
Many analysts had forecast that unemployment could reach two million
- 11 February 2009

2 comments:

Chris said...

The Telegraph and Guardian take the obvious option - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/4589205/Unemployment-reaches-12-year-high-of-nearly-2-million.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/feb/11/uk-unemployment-job-losses (Headline: Unemployment nears 2 million)

I haven't seen any 'Unemployment totals lower than analysts feared' headlines.

Tom Freeman said...

I think the best way for them to deal with it would be: 'Imminent-2-million-unemployment dread prolonged for yet another month; grown men weep'.