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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy & our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 


Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Last week the Governor of the Bank of England said the fall in real wages is the worst since the 1920s and today’s figures show it getting worse...
17 September 2014
Commenting on today’s report ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This excellent report by a highly distinguished commission drawn from across the globe makes a compelling and practical case for how a rapid low-carbon shift can...
16 September 2014
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show CPI inflation at its lowest level for five years, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With inflation well under control there is no case for raising interest rates any time soon. It would dump higher mortgage costs on households...
16 September 2014
Commenting on the Governor of the Bank of England’s speech to the 2014 TUC Congress, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
09 September 2014
The number of people who are under-employed in North East has increased by 16 per cent since 2010, according to new analysis published by the TUC last week. The analysis shows that as well as unemployment rising in the region by 13,000 since the last election, under-employment has also gone...
08 September 2014
Half the workforce (50 per cent) think that their employer can afford better pay rises than those they have given to staff, with only 16 per cent disagreeing, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the TUC to mark the start of Congress 2014 later today (Sunday). This figure...
07 September 2014
In June 2014, average weekly earnings were just 0.6 per cent higher than they had been a year before. With inflation running at 1.6 per cent, that means that real average earnings had fallen - in fact, average earnings have been falling in real terms since 2009. But pay deals...
05 September 2014
LEPs will need to build new relationships and strengthen their capacity in the run up to 2015. However, this will take time and resources that many LEPs will be reluctant to expend against a background of continued economic stagnation and in the face of mounting responsibilities. If LEPs are to...
04 September 2014
The shift in employment from higher to lower paying industries, combined with rising levels of under-employment have helped push earnings growth to a record low, according to a new report published today (Thursday) by the TUC.
04 September 2014
The number of people who are under-employed in the North West has increased by 18 per cent since 2010, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday). The analysis shows that while unemployment has fallen in the region by 33,000 since the last election, under-employment has risen by...
03 September 2014

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