Stephen Timms
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'Big jump in youth unemployment is particularly worrying'

UK unemployment fell by just 4,000 in the three months to June leaving 2.51 million out of work, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in July fell more sharply, down by 29,000 to 1.4 million.

The unemployment rate remains at 7.8%, still well above the 7% rate target set by the Bank of England.

Shadow Employment Minister Stephen Timms told BBC News he welcomed the decrease in unemployment but said there were "real problems" with youth and long-term unemployment.

  • 14 Aug 2013
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