Unemployment falls to 2.51m

Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May, official figures show.

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Govt has to do more to stop 'slew of job losses'

Small relief in the unemployment figures will be no comfort to those struggling with the misery of long-term unemployment.

Every job lost is a personal tragedy and the Government has to do more to tackle the persistent jobs crisis.

"Stopping the slew of job losses from the public sector and giving Britain a pay rise to get people spending is what our economy needs to recover

– Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union

Long-term unemployment reaches a 17-year high

Long-term unemployment has reached a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, according to new figures.

With 915,000 people out of work for more than a year, an increase of 32,000, this was the highest level since 1996, the Office for National Statistics said.

Figures for the long-term unemployment are the highest level since 1996.

Just over 460,000 people have been unemployed for more than two years, the highest figure since 1997.

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