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Stephen Timms: Youth unemployment still a problem

Shadow Work and Pensions Minister Stephen Timms has welcomed the latest fall in unemployment but says there are still problems with youth and long-term unemployment.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.2% (or 2.02 million people) in the three months to the end of July - the lowest since the September-to-November period of 2008.

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell below one million for the first time in six years.

However, average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, in the May to July period, rose by 0.7% from a year earlier - much lower than the current inflation rate of 1.5%.

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