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Unemployment down by 49,000

Unemployment has fallen to its lowest total for over a year. However, there has been an increase in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance.

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Challenging jobs market for long-term unemployed

Other figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show:

  • People out of work for over a year increased by 12,000 to 894,000
  • 443,000 people have also been jobless for over two years, up by 21,000
  • Part-time employment also increased by 49,000 to 8.1 million, close to a record high

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