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Unemployment up 15,000 to 2.52m people - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 15/05/2013 - 12:18 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK rose by 15,000 over the last three months, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed.

This is the third rise in a row, bringing an end to the falling joblessness seen in 2012, and means the unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 7.9%.

Reasonable growth in the number of jobs had been one consolation for the government in previous months, but this came to a shuddering halt with 43,000 fewer people in work over January - March 2013 than in October - December 2012.

Liam Byrne comments on today's unemployment rise

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 16:01 -- nick

Labour's work and pensions spokesman, Liam Byrne, has written a comment piece in today's Guardian on the new unemployment figures.

These show a big jump in unemployment, up 70,000 in the last three months.

Byrne points out that the IMF has told the government to reign in its austerity programme in the interests of promoting economic growth, a position supported by UnemployedNet.

UnemployedNet on Work Programme figures

Tue, 27/11/2012 - 12:53 -- nick

UnemployedNet comments on today's Work Programme figures, which show that only 3.53% of those attending have gained jobs that lasted for at least six months against a target of 5.5%:

Today's figures show that the Work Programme is not working for unemployed people. The vast majority of unemployed people only want to get back in to work, and a well-functioning Work Programme is vital to support this.

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