However such manipulation has always been in order to enable the figures to look better than they are. This means that today's announcement, that the UK jobless total is now at its highest for 17 years, must be a case for concern.
ONS figures relate to the three month period leading up to October. This means they will include school leavers but the facts speak for themselves. The highest level of unemployment for 17 years. That takes us back to the last Conservative government.
Dring this three month period the number of people out of work in the UK rose by 128,000. Sadly young people have been hit hard by increased levels of unemployment. UK youth unemployment, which covers 16-24 year olds, hit its highest level since records began in 1992. It reached the 1.027 million mark which is a disgrace.A new generation of bright and keen indivduals will soon be battered into submission and despondency.
The coialition government's employment minister told Sky News, "There's certainly an unemployment challenge for us, nobody doubts that. "My view is that any level of unemployment is too high so we've got a big job on our hands." You certainly have. It is also an important job which needs addressing sooner rather than later.
UK unemployment remains at 8.3% in spite of today's announcement. That figure though may be affected psitively by people who are unable to claim unemployment benefit.