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EU migrants working in UK rises to record two million

While unemployment has risen, the number of EU migrants working in the UK has topped two million for the first time.

Official labour market figures showed a record 2,033,000 people foreigners were employed in the three months to June, up 4% on the previous quarter.

Workers born in eight 'A8' eastern European countries, including Poland and the Czech Republic.
Employees from Bulgaria and Romania.
Employees born in the US.

Gov't defends economic plan but Labour raises jobs 'worry'

The Government has said it is helping "millions across the country to succeed and achieve their full potential" despite the latest jobs figures showing more people out of work as unemployment rose again to 1.85 million.

Thanks to our long term economic plan we have already seen two million more people in jobs since 2010. On top of that, today's figures show job vacancies at a near record high - evidence of the continued confidence of British businesses, and potential for further growth in the UK economy.

Our one nation government is helping millions across the country to succeed and achieve their full potential. I was particularly pleased to see that wages are continuing to rise - meaning that hardworking people will see a real difference in their pay packets.

– Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

His Labour counterpart, though, said the latest figures were "worrying", highlighting a rise in youth unemployment as of particular concern.

The rise in unemployment for a second month in a row is worrying and shows we cannot afford to be complacent about the recovery. With productivity stagnating, David Cameron and George Osborne must take bolder action to raise jobseekers’ skill levels to get more back into work and help build the high-skilled workforce Britain needs.

The rise in youth unemployment highlights a real danger that young people are being left behind. Ministers must urgently deliver more high-quality apprenticeships to give young people the skills they need to get a job and build a future.

– Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Timms


Latest figures suggest jobs market may be 'levelling off'

The latest increase of unemployment "strengthens (the) possibility" the jobs market may be levelling off, the Office for National Statistics has cautioned.

This is now the second consecutive time we’ve reported fewer people in work on the quarter. While it’s still too early to conclude that the jobs market is levelling off, these figures certainly strengthen that possibility. Growth in pay, however, remains solid.

– ONS statistician David Freeman

Unemployment increased by 25,000 between April and June to 1.85 million, while the ONS showed jobs vacancies have largely steadied in the last six months.

Unemployment rises again with 1.85 million out of work

Unemployment increased by 25,000 between April and June to 1.85 million, official figures have shown.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 4,900 to 792,400, the Office for National Statistics said.

Two years of declining unemployment ended between March and May as the number out of work increased. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Average earnings increased by 2.4% in the year to June, 0.8% down on the previous month.

The latest figures show the second consecutive monthly rise in unemployment after two years of decline in the number of people out of work.

Labour: Unemployment figures show 'Tory plan is failing'

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves that a 49% rise in the number of black and minority ethnic young people out of work for over a year since 2010 shows the "Tory plan is failing".

It is a huge waste of the next generation's skills, potential and talent and it comes at a huge cost to young black and minority ethnic people, their families, taxpayers and the economy.

Labour's compulsory jobs guarantee will offer a paid starter job to every young person who's been claiming jobseeker's allowance for over a year, work they'd have to take or risk losing benefits.

Labour's plan will give more than 3,200 young black and minority ethnic people who have been abandoned by David Cameron the chance to earn, learn and fulfil their potential.

– Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves

Black and ethnic minority youth jobless rockets by 50%

New figures have revealed that the number of black and ethnic minority youngsters out of work for longer than a year has increased by almost 50% since the coalition came to power.

Black and ethnic minority youth jobless rocket by 50%. Credit: PA

Labour said the official statistics showed that 41,000 black and ethnic minority people aged 18 to 24 have been unemployed for more than 12 months. The total accounts for a fifth of all 18-to-24-year-olds out of a job for longer than a year, said Labour.

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