Britain’s workforce is getting bigger but poorer. Increasing numbers now rely on part-time wages rather than full-time work.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently said another 24,000 people in part-time jobs joined the queue for full-time work between July and September.
That took total under-employment to 1.46 million - the highest figure since records began in 1992, when the unpopular John Major led Britain's last Tory government.
ConDem Prime Minister David Cameron talked up the overall rise in employment of 177,000 as "proof our long-term plan for Britain is working."
Tory Employment Minister Esther McVey said the growth is down to a rise in the number of private-sector jobs.
How accurate are Cameron and the Tories when they talk about the jobs created by the private sector?
Do they include people going from unemployment to self-employed (possibly part time)? People going from public employment to private as when hospital lab work or police payroll functions, for example, are transferred to the private sector? Students going into work or people hired to replace those retiring?
How many are working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job? Being forced into part-time work may help the Tories massage the jobless figures but the impact that has on the living standards of ordinary people is entirely negative.