The UK has been accused of using an “extremely bogus” jobs report to claim the economy is booming.
David Cameron’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims the number of unemployed has fallen by nearly 20,000 since the Brexit vote.
But it has also come under fire from experts who say the number could be much higher.
The UK’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.3% for the first time in three years.
But a survey by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown the number has remained stuck at nearly 6% for five consecutive months.
The report claims that the total number of people in employment fell by almost 17,000 last month, with almost 40% of people aged from 16 to 24 unemployed.
Read more: The government is not making the numbers available because it does not want to “damage the credibility of the job market”, the IFS said in a statement.
It also cited data that shows employment in the UK has dropped in every major industry, except for the service sector.
The UK is now facing a “vast” jobless crisis, it added.
The IFS study says that the jobless rate in June has fallen from 9.2% to 8.1%, while the number applying for unemployment benefits fell from 3.5 million to 2.6 million.
It said that while job creation has increased since the vote, it is not being matched by new job creation.
“This is the first month in five years that employment growth has fallen in the private sector and the public sector,” said Professor Alan Trench from the Institute of Economic Affairs at the University of Oxford.
Professor Trench said the government is also using the figures to claim that “job losses are at least as high as previously reported”.
“The government has deliberately inflated the job losses in order to hide the real situation,” he added.
Since last June, the government has been cutting the number who qualify for benefits by a quarter.
The jobless benefit rate has also fallen from 12.3 per cent to 11.5 per cent.
However, the IHS said that in some cases the number claiming benefits was actually being cut by up to 30, which could lead to more people being unemployed.
Read more The IFS report also claims that unemployment fell by over 1.7 million in May compared to the previous month.
But, it noted that the figures do not take into account people who have been forced to look for work.
In its latest analysis, the think tank found that the real unemployment rate in the US, Canada and Germany is also at least twice that of the UK.
What is the UK unemployment rate?
The unemployment rate is the official unemployment rate that the government uses to determine whether people are actually out of work.
It is based on a series of complex calculations.
The latest figures, released on Thursday, give a clearer picture of the current situation in the country.
According to the ILS, the number unemployed rose by nearly 19,000 in May.
But that’s a far cry from the 20,800 previously reported, with a report by the British Chambers of Commerce saying that the number actually fell by 8,500 in the same month.
Despite the fall in the number, the official jobless figure is still higher than the rate recorded by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The figures also show that the unemployment rate fell in every sector of the economy, except the services sector.