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Unions plead over long-term jobless
Unemployment figures fell in the three months to April, although jobseeker's allowance claimant numbers were up
A drop in the jobless rate has been overshadowed by a rise in the number of long-term unemployed, prompting unions to call on the Government for more action to kickstart a recovery in the labour market.
The jobless total dropped 51,000 to 2.61 million in the quarter to April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, but the number of people unemployed for more than a year increased by 85,000 to 886,000.
In addition, the number of people unemployed for more than two years rose 29,000 to 434,000, while the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in May rose by 8,100 to 1.6 million, ending two months of declines.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "The figures shine a harsh light on the hard-core of the unemployment crisis in the UK - that of long-term unemployment.
"The number of people unemployed for more than two years continues to rise. We know that the longer someone is out of work, the more difficult it is to get back into it."
He added: "The reality is that many people are suffering as a result of stagnant growth and the brutal public sector cuts, and the Government needs to wake up to this and take action if we are to see any true signs of recovery."
However, the number of people in work saw its biggest increase since the quarter to August 2010 as the employment rate increased by 166,000 to almost 29.28 million - nearly equally split between full and part-time workers.
Almost eight million people are now in a part-time job, while those working part-time because they cannot find full-time work increased by 25,000 to 1.4 million.
Self-employment has reached a record figure of 4.17 million, up by 84,000 since the previous quarter.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "Any fall in unemployment is very welcome but I remain cautious over the next few months, given the continuing economic challenges we face."
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Sorry am I thick or what!!!
The jobless figure has FALLEN but the number of people claiming is UP.
How is that one worked out.
Isn't that illegal or is someone playing about with the figures!! Again!! :-(
Unemployment figures may appear to be reduced - statistics can be misleading.
The days when you could get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work are long gone.
Trade Unions are no longer effective and can offer no protection from unscrupulous employers.
The ridiculous differentials in pay scales and the laughable logic influencing the distribution of wealth in this country will rock the stability of the country.
The system, as it stands, will ensure 'the good life' for a privileged few and condemn the majority to struggle to make ends meet.
There is a finite amount of wealth in this country and whenever a fat cat takes more than his fair share it must be realised that someone else will have to pay for it. Hence, growing dole queues or the prospect of employment offering minimum wages.
On the bright side we have a Prime Minister of great integrity heading our compassionate government so perhaps things aren't as bleak as they appear!
Lost me, does this mean more or less men in the street out of work
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