Unemployment still a pressing social and economic problem, warns TUC
Responding to the latest unemployment figures published Wednesday, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'While it failed to feature much in the election campaign, today's rise shows that unemployment remains a pressing social and economic problem particularly among young people.
'The first month-on-month rise in the number of people in work since January 2009 offers hope for those looking for jobs, but the steady increase in people out of work for over 12 months is a huge concern.
'The dole queues have not been as high as they might have been, thanks to action by government, employers and unions, but this cannot be taken for granted.
'It would be a huge mistake for the new government to cut support for the unemployed, particularly the Future Jobs Fund, a policy that has prevented unemployment scarring a generation of young people as it did in the 1980s.'