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.

Austerity isn't just increasing unemployment; it is reducing wages in real terms, and these have been going down since 2009, creating real hardship for low paid people and providing fertile grounds for the kind of anti-benefit rhetoric that has taken hold in recent years.

To read the article, click here

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