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Responding to the latest unemployment figures published today by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:'These figures are bad, although thankfully not quite the disaster we saw at the end of last year.'

With one in three jobseekers looking for work for over a year, and around six unemployed people for every job vacancy, the government's mantra that there are 'plenty of jobs out there' just doesn't ring true.

'It's encouraging to see a small rise in employment, but this is entirely down to people taking part-time work because there are no full-time jobs available.

'Any job is better than no job at all, even if it's on far lower pay and shorter hours, but people cannot afford to do this indefinitely. We desperately need more full-time jobs paying decent wages.'

Ministers must acknowledge our jobs crisis and recognise that real action to boost growth is the only way to tackle it.'

Source: TUC

Written by Matthew Abbott
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:04

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