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Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the DWP claim that there is a record private sector employment fuelled by a jobs boom, said: 

“This Government is completely out of touch. They talk of a jobs boom when there simply isn’t enough work to go round: youth unemployment is edging back towards a million, long-term unemployment is rising, and more than 1 in 10 people in jobs say they want to work longer hours.

"Many are desperate for a job but Government programmes are letting them down.  The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by 92 per cent, and the flagship Work Programme has not hit a single one of its minimum performance standards.

"David Cameron should be taking urgent action to bring down long-term unemployment with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get anyone unemployed for more than two years into a paying job – one they would be required to take."

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