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Today's unemployment figures reveal the number of people out of work is down by 49,000, but shows an increase in those working part-time, and those who have been out of work for more than a year.
Long-term unemployment is up by twelve thousand, and the number of part time workers is also on the increase, up by 49%. Consumer editor Chris Choi reports.
Despite today's fall in UK unemployment the picture is inconsistent across the country and among certain sections of society. One sector which is on the rise is the long-term unemployed. Chris Choi went to one of the areas hardest hit, the north east of England.
Other figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show:
- People out of work for over a year increased by 12,000 to 894,000
- 443,000 people have also been jobless for over two years, up by 21,000
- Part-time employment also increased by 49,000 to 8.1 million, close to a record high
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