The number of people out of work continues to fall although the heady pace at which that has happened in recent months is slowing.
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The number of people out of work and on benefits fell by 21,200 in June, but the number of long-term unemployed has reached a 17-year high.
The Labour jobs guarantee will focus on youth unemployment, the Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions told Daybreak.
Rachel Reeves said the jobs guarantee will force under-25s who have been out of a year into a minimum wage job, but will only do the same for over 25s after two years on jobseekers allowance.
"We know that there are particular problems with youth unemployment. 20% of young people are out of work - much higher than for the population as a whole.
"And for young people what we hear time and again from them and from businesses, is that there is quite a risk - they haven't worked before.
"But that is not quite the same for older people, which is why we are targeting this scheme at younger people."
Labour have "no economic plan" and would put the economy at risk with their jobs guarantee, a treasury minister has said.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid explained:
– Treasury minister Sajid Javid
Labour's sums don't add up. They are proposing yet more unfunded spending, meaning more borrowing and more taxes to pay for it.
And Labour's bank tax is a short-term political gimmick that they want to spend ten times over.
It's the same old Labour. Ed Miliband has no economic plan. Labour would put the recovery at risk, put jobs at risk and hardworking people would pay the price with a less secure future.
- Under-25s living off Jobseeker's Allowance for over a year, would have to chose between a taxpayer-subsidised job for six months or lose their benefits.
- Employment will be provided by firms and voluntary sector groups for 25 hours' every week, for six months and the national minimum wage.
- The Government will pay the wages and employers' National Insurance.
- Another £500 per employee would be supplied towards training - which would be compulsory for participants - and administration costs.
- Labour said only firms that could show they were not using the scheme to replace existing workers or reduce their hours would qualify for funding.
Labour's promise to introduce measures to get the long-term unemployed and under-25s into work would last throughout the next Parliament, the party said.
Ed Miliband's party will promise to fund the package via a tax on bankers' bonuses and high-earners' pensions in its 2015 manifesto.
Last month the party confirmed reports that funding - also including the proceeds of restricting pension tax relief for high earners - was only in place for 2015/16.
Now it says the scheme - estimated on present claimant levels to cost £1.9 billion in its first year and £900 million a year thereafter - is affordable right through to 2020.
Under the scheme, under-25s on Jobseeker's Allowance for more than a year - two years for others - would have to take a taxpayer-subsidised job for six months or risk losing benefits.
Regional unemployment fiugures between October and December were as follows:
- North East: 130,000 (minus 3,000) 10%
- North West: 277,000 (minus 6,000) 8.1%
- Yorkshire/Humber: 240,000 (minus 8,000) 8.6%
- East Midlands: 162,000 (minus 4,000) 6.9%
- West Midlands: 226,000 (minus 31,000) 8.3%
- East of England: 180,000 (minus 1,000) 5.7%
- London: 351,000 (minus 25,000) 8.1%
- South East: 233,000 (minus 37,000) 5.1%
- South West: 177,000 (plus 3,000) 6.5%
- Wales: 105,000 (minus 12,000) 7.1%
- Scotland: 195,000 (minus 3,000) 7.1%
- Northern Ireland: 64,000 (plus 1,000) 7.4%
Nick Palmer, senior labour market statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:
The latest unemployment rate is 7.2%, down 0.4 on the previous quarter.
This is a comparison between the July-September and October-December three-month periods.
It is higher than last month's published figure of 7.1% for September-November.
However, it is not directly comparable with the figure published this month, as the Labour Force Survey is not designed to measure monthly changes.
The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down.
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Some 1.4 million people are in part-time jobs because they cannot find full-time work, a fall of 29,000 over the latest quarter but 46,000 higher than a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.