– Paul Kenny, General Secretary of the GMB union
With unemployment stuck at two and a half million, a lot of families face a miserable Christmas without any hope of getting a job. It is definitely hurting but it's not working. We have been seeing further job losses in both the public and private sectors over the past two months and it is hard to see where the new jobs are going to come from with confidence at rock bottom. The Chancellor needs to use next month's autumn statement to kick-start the economy.
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.