Byrne concerned about 'lasting and long term damage'

Liam Byrne, Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, said the real concern he had from the unemployment figures is that "there are now very clear signs of lasting and long term damage that's come from the Government's failure to get people back to work fast enough".

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Unemployment falls by 51,000

Unemployment has fallen by 51,000 between February and April to 2.61 million. But the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month rose by 8,100 to 1.6 million.