Unemployment '500k higher' than before financial crisis

Unemployment numbers have fallen by 347,000 from a year ago, but those still out of work is estimated at "around 500,000 higher" than before the financial crisis.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports:

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Number of people employed in public sector (5.4m) has fallen by 280,000 in last year. Number employed in private sector up 1m to 25.1m.

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2.16 million people are unemployed in UK. Down 347,000 on a year ago but around 500,000 higher than before financial crisis began.

Unemployment numbers fell by 161,000 between February and April to 2.16 million, official figures by the Office for National Statistics showed today.

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Number of people out of work falls by 161,000 to 2.16m

The number of people out of work fell by 161,000 between February and April to 2.16 million, official figures by the ONS showed today.