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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.
New figures out today show that the number of unemployed people aged 16 to 24 remains just below the million mark, having increased by 20,000 to 979,000.
Average earnings increased by 0.8% in the year to February - this was 0.4% down on the previous month and marks the lowest growth rate since the end of 2009.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 7,000 to 1.53 million, according to official figures out today.
Unemployment increased by 70,000 between December and February to 2.56 million, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today.
The total is the worst since last summer, giving the UK a jobless rate of 7.9%.
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