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Tough task facing the new Government re unemployment

12 May 2010 #Health & Safety

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 53,000 to 2.51 million during the three months to March, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have today reported. This puts the UK unemployment rate at 8%, the highest level since December 1994.
 
However, the total number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell in April by 27,100 to 1.52 million.
 
The area worst effected is Birmingham, with unemployment here and in the surrounding areas averaging between 9% and 11%
 
The figures also showed youth unemployment rising, with 941,000 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in the January to March period , a rise of 18,000 on the previous three months.
 
The number of long-term unemployed also increased by 94,000 over the quarter to reach 757,000, the highest figures since the three months to May 1997. The number of over-50s out of work for more than a year climbed 12,000 on the quarter to 146,000.
 
As you will be aware from our previous blogs, both the Lib-Dems and Conservatives pledged to create new jobs and to cut unemployment rates, particularly for young people. However, what they will do now they have been given shared power, remains to be seen.
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