UK Drops in Economic Wellbeing

The UK has plunged down an economic wellbeing league, falling from fifth place to 12th over six years, according to a new report that underlines the pressure on Britons’ finances amid rising unemployment.

The Office for National Statistics ranked OECD countries in terms of disposable household income from 2005 to 2011, but on a separate ONS labour-market ranking Britain dropped even further, falling 12 places over the six years.

The ONS looked at various economic factors that might affect wellbeing across the OECD club of mostly rich nations as part of its scheme to measure national wellbeing. It ranked the United States top in terms of disposable household income, followed by Luxembourg. Chile was ranked bottom out of 30 countries.

Statisticians said part of the UK’s drop down the disposable household income table was due to the devaluation of the pound, which raised the price of goods and services in the UK relative to other countries. But the ONS also noted other factors including changes to taxes and benefits.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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