We were waiting for unemployment figures to start rising again after the collapse of Carillion and the closure of several major factories.

As predicted, today’s (February 21) figures show an increase of 46,000 – and to it’s credit, the BBC has reported the rise…

Unemployment edged higher, but still remains low at 4.4%.

The increase in unemployment for the three months to the end of December was the first rise in the jobless rate for two years. However, the total number of people in work also continued to rise, jumping by 88,000 in the same period.

Some of that increase was due to people previously classed as inactive and not looking for work moving into the workforce or registering as unemployed.

… at the bottom of a story singing the praises of a recorded increase in productivity:

The UK has seen the strongest two quarters of productivity growth since the recession of 2008, according to the latest data.

Output per hour rose 0.8% in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics said. It follows growth of 0.9% in the previous period.

Pathetic, isn’t it? The BBC’s fawning attitude towards the Tories – and its willingness to be a right-wing propaganda network – is already being used by viewers as an argument against paying the licence fee.

The BBC might just as well have replaced any attempt at balanced reporting with this from the DWP:

So, for proper balance, here‘s Peter Stefanovic:

“Theresa May & her ministers boast about record low unemployment when the reality is zero hours contracts & poverty wages have left 19 Million Workers on the verge of poverty & 17 Million with less then £100 in savings.Not a country that works for every one.”

Let’s have some more observations from Twitter:

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