Unemployment remains at 7.8%

Unemployment remained at 7.8% between April and June, official figures showed, despite the number of jobless falling by 4,000 to 2.51m. The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month also fell by 29,200 to 1.4m.

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Union: 'This is a recovery for the top 1%'

The jobs news is mixed. A further rise in employment is encouraging but the number of young people out of work is creeping back towards a million.

The Government's idea of economic recovery is one where the super-rich are rewarded with tax cuts, while low-paid, insecure work is perfectly acceptable for ordinary workers.

It's no wonder consumers are having to run down their savings to keep up with the rising cost of living.

This is a recovery for the top 1%, while the living standards crisis continues for everyone else.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

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