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.
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