– Brendan Barber, Trade Unions Congress
These may be the best figures for some time, but we still need to do much, much better. There are still hundreds of thousands of young people without work, over a million people working part-time who want full time-jobs and wages are still trailing below inflation. That is why we need a future that works, where we invest in good sustainable jobs with prospects and in tackling long-term unemployment and the living standards crisis.
Unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million, official figures released today showed.