Unemployment rises by 7,000

Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed. But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 1,500 to 1.54 million.

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PM: 'Difficult and hard road to turn economy round'

It is a very difficult and hard road that we are travelling to turn this economy round after the huge mess that was made by the Party opposite. But when we look at the fact that, just this morning, we can see an extra 131,000 people in work we are seeing the changes necessary to start the rebuilding of our economy.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

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Budget day begins 'with sign Osborne has failed'

Budget day begins with a clear sign that George Osborne has failed. Halfway through the Parliament, Britain is still being scarred by rising unemployment and it is our next generation that is paying a brutal price.

Today, youth unemployment has soared back up towards the million mark, overall unemployment is up and unemployment amongst women is up yet again.

If the Chancellor needs any more evidence for why he should change course, he should look no further than today's figures which show the massive hit working families are now taking.

Families in Britain have taken a £1,200-a-year pay cut and that's why we need real action to kick-start our flatlining economy and help families on middle and low incomes, not a tax cut for millionaires and more of the same failing policies

– Liam Byrne, Shadow work and pensions secretary

Union: Young bearing the brunt of UK 'jobs crisis'

Today's figures confirm our fears that economic stagnation has finally caught up with the jobs market.

Young people are bearing the brunt of our jobs crisis, with the number of unemployed youngsters up 48,000 and approaching a million again.

The news for those in work is not much better, with the gap between wages and the rising cost of living getting even wider.

We won't see a proper recovery in the jobs market until we get growth back into the economy. That's why the Chancellor must change course and prioritise jobs, growth and living standards in his Budget today.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary

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Private sector helping UK 'compete in global race'

It's a credit to businesses that the private sector is employing one and a quarter million more people than when this Government took office, helping us compete in the global race.

Today's figures show that, against a difficult economic backdrop, we're helping people to move off benefits and into work.

There are still tough challenges ahead which is why we're working hard to give jobseekers all the help and support they need to realise their aspiration of finding a job.

– Mark Hoban, Employment Minister
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