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.
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