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Unemployment falls to 1.65m between March and May

Unemployment fell between March and May 2016, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Credit: PA Wire

Unemployment fell by 54,000 to 1.65 million between March and May, official figures show.

54,000
Unemployment fell by this figure between March and May - the lowest level in 11 years.
759,100
The number of people on the claimant count last month increased by 400 to this figure.
2.3%
Average earnings increased by this figure in the year to May - 0.3% up on the previous month.

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McCluskey calls on government to save steel industry

The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has called on the government to save the steel industry, as hundreds of steelworkers marched through Westminster to highlight the crisis.

The board of Tata Steel is meeting in Mumbai but has yet to draw up a shortlist of potential buyers for its UK assets.

Thousands of jobs are at risk, with the Port Talbot plant in south Wales facing closure if a buyer cannot be found.

The issue still has to be resolved. We want a secure, guaranteed future for a foundation industry that is vital for our nation.

The whole of our manufacturing depends on British steel and I'm pleased that the government appear to be getting that message, but we want to make certain that those warm words are turned into positive action.

– Len McCluskey, Unite

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Corbyn joins steelworkers on march through London

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined steelworkers on a march through Westminster to highlight the steel crisis in the UK.

The board of Tata Steel meet in Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss bids for the takeover of its UK assets.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones have traveled to the India city for talks.

Mr Corbyn called on the government to save the industry.

It's the basis of manufacturing economy. It's got to be saved. The government has got to be prepared to intervene.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader
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