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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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Labour: Welfare reform 'has comprehensively failed'

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms. Credit: PA Wire

Stephen Timms, shadow employment minister, said: "The Government’s welfare reform has comprehensively failed at a time when youth unemployment is edging towards a million, and long-term unemployment is at its highest level in 17 years.

"The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by 92 per cent, and the flagship Work Programme has not hit a single one of its minimum performance standards."

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