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Stephen Timms: Government 'must address unemployment'

Britain's economic recovery hopes have been dealt a blow as official figures revealed an unexpected rise in the number of unemployed people.

Figures rose by 38,000 in the three months to June to 2.49 million.

People claiming Jobseeker's Allowance also increased by just over 37,000 last month, to 1.56 million.

There has also been a rise in the number of unemployed women.

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms says the government "must address" unemployment.

  • 17 Aug 2011