– Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
These jobs figures are troubling. There are now more people out of work today than when the coalition took office three years ago. Those in work are taking a hammering in their pay packets with wage growth down to just 0.4%, while prices rise far more quickly. It's no wonder the economy is struggling when people in work are getting poorer every month."
The South West was the region with the biggest increase in unemployment between January and March.