Grayling: Changes in calculation method partly to blame for long-term unemployed rise

Employment minister Chris Grayling says an increase in long-term unemployment is in part due to changes in the way the figure is measured.

"We no longer hide people who are [long-term] unemployed," he said.

"We've put in place really substantial substantial support for the long-term unemployed," he said, with reference to the government's youth contract programme.


Unemployment falls by 45,000

Unemployment fell by 45,000 between January and March to 2.63 million, official figures showed today.