According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there was a fall in the number of unemployed people in the UK, by 49,000 in the three months to September 2012, bringing the total figure down to 2.51 million. The ONS explained that a reduction in youth unemployment was the primary reason for the change.
Commenting, Mark Hoban, the Employment Minister, said “This is another good set of figures. We’ve seen the number of people in work increase by 100,000 and youth unemployment is below a million again.” However, shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne noted that the figures also “showed another very sharp increase in long-term unemployment, heading up now towards the million mark.”
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