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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Unemployment figures 'reveal divided Britain'

Beneath the headlines the worries are multiplying. There is now fresh evidence that Britain is becoming divided - long-term unemployment rose yet again, so did long-term youth unemployment and unemployment in two-thirds of England is higher than it was at time of the general election. Over a third of the unemployed have been out of work for over a year. These are precisely the people the Government's flagship Work Programme were supposed to help. But the programme is in total gridlock because jobcentre staff have lost all faith in it.

– Liam Byrne, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

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