Recently I was telling students that for certain statistics, generic labels like number and amount might not be suitable, for example when you’re writing about employment. Then today I saw this up-beat news item from the BBC, which contains some nice examples of ’employment speak’!
- unemployment - Aha, ‘unemployment’ is already a statistics word, so no need for ‘number’ or ‘amount’!
- those in work - A phrase to describe people who are NOT unemployed!
- unemployment rate - Collocation
- a four-decade low of 4.3% - At + a low + of + number/percentage
- The number of people in work - A similar phrase to describe people not unemployed. And notice how ‘the’ is the friend of ‘of’!
- employment - Again, ’employment’ (not number or amount) as a label for the statistic ‘32.2 million’.
What about employment in your country? Is it good news or bad news at the moment? Let us know in the comments box.