Tesco's jobs claim
For their first application, Tesco claimed the store would "bring 250 jobs to the area".
They make similar claims for proposals up and down the country.
The claim is highly misleading
Such claims by supermarkets have been discredited in a series of published studies. Their misleading nature has been summarised recently by the Association of Convenience Stores in:
1. The numbers claimed are mostly of part-time jobs, many just a few hours.
2. The numbers take no account of consequential job losses over time in the surrounding area. There is typically a net loss of jobs overall. (If this seems surprising, remember that there is only a fixed total amount of shopping to be done in an area. Tesco service it with less employees than the competition .)
EVIDENCE: Numbers unemployed do not fall when Tesco stores open
A researcher from the north of England recorded unemployment figures in six small towns in different geographic areas, before and after a Tesco supermarket opened. The opening did not lower the numbers claiming Job Seekers Allowance in any of the six towns, despite hundred of jobs being claimed to be created. With the author's permission WeLikeMilngavie submitted the data from this as yet unpublished study » to the Public Inquiry.
Tesco's own data
Figures from their own annual reports reveal that the UK-wide number of full-time jobs offered by Tesco and Sainsbury's has actually fallen over the past two years despite the opening of numerous new stores.
Sample of unemployment data