Unemployment rises by 70,000

Unemployment increased by 70,000 between December and February to 2.56 million, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today.

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ONS: 900,000 out of work for more than a year

New figures out today show that 900,000 people have been out of work for more than a year - an 8,000 increase on the three months to November.

But the number of people classed as economically inactive - which includes students, people on long-term sick leave and those who have given up looking for work - fell by 57,000 to 8.95 million.

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