A good idea from across the pond — requesting the data to see how many unemployed people are applying for jobs.
The key paragraph:
Research by the Guardian suggests even these figures mask the true competition for work. The national Jobcentre Plus database is available online for jobseekers to search for vacancies, but the full cache of jobs on offer cannot be downloaded for analysis. The Guardian obtained the full data using the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and for the first time analysed more than 112,000 vacancies for information on the number of hours on offer, whether vacancies were self-employed, offered any guaranteed hours and whether they were permanent or temporary.