Unemployment rises by 15,000

UK unemployment increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed.

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Labour: Govt has failed to get Britain back to work

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?"

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Employment minister: 'We are not complacent'

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

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