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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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Unemployment figures 'paint a positive picture'

Today's figures show a record high employment level, with more women in work than ever before.

This growth has been driven by a rise in permanent, private sector jobs, which suggests businesses are feeling positive about the future.

– Pensions Minister Steve Webb

With 29,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance compared to this time last month, and more people in work than ever before, today's figures paint a positive picture of the UK labour market.

There are now more jobs available than at any time since the end of 2008, and more hours being worked than ever before - which shows that there are opportunities out there for people who want to work and get on in life.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban


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Unemployment remains at 7.8%

Unemployment remained at 7.8% between April and June, official figures showed. Earlier this month the new Bank of England governor Mark Carney revealed that interest rates will not rise until unemployment has fallen below 7%.


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Recent ONS unemployment figures for the UK

UK unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics from November 2012 to May 2013, were as follows:

  • Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May.
  • It increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million. But the figures were down 92,000 from the previous year.
  • Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million.

Employment minister says figures are 'encouraging'

Our welfare reform agenda is about making a fair and affordable system that incentivises work: giving people the support they need to get off benefits and into a job.

Today's figures are encouraging, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance down and the number of people in work increasing.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban

The fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, together with the news that there are currently over half a million vacancies available in the UK economy, show that there are opportunities out there for those who are prepared to work hard, and who aspire to get on in life.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
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