12:50 pm, Wed 15 May 2013
Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne has said the latest unemployment figures are "definitive proof the Government has simply failed to get Britain back to work."
Unemployment increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne MP
Credit: Press Association
Mr Byrne said the Government had done nothing in the Queen's Speech to help solve the "jobs crisis" and instead Tory MPs were bickering over Europe.
"Families struggling for work will be asking quite simply, what planet are these people on?"
Read: The phenomenon affecting every wallet in the country
12:27 pm, Wed 15 May 2013
New figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal estimated levels of employment in the UK for those aged 16 and over from the EU were 1.4m with 103,000 from Romania and Bulgaria.
This is a change of 13,000 between the period of January to March 2012 and January to March 2013 but a change of -0.3% with an increase of population from these countries factored in.
11:28 am, Wed 15 May 2013
We are seeing continuing falls in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance which is positive. Whilst there has been a disappointing increase in the headline rate of unemployment, we shouldn't forget the progress we are making.
We are not complacent. To win the global race we need to do all that we can to help people achieve their aspiration to look after themselves and their families.
– Minister for Employment Mark Hoban
9:56 am, Wed 15 May 2013
This video released by the Office for National Statistics breaks down the latest labour market estimates covering the period January to March 2013.
9:37 am, Wed 15 May 2013
Average UK earnings increased by 0.4% in the year to March, the growth rate has not been lower since March to May 2009,
according to the Office for National Statistics.
Regular pay rose by 0.8% over the same period, the lowest growth rate since comparable records began in 2001.
9:34 am, Wed 15 May 2013
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 7,300 to 1.52 million,
the Office for National Statistics has said.
The number of jobseeker's allowance claims have fallen in the last month.
9:32 am, Wed 15 May 2013
UK unemployment increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed.
But the figures were down 92,000 from the previous year.