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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to research by the NIESR showing underemployment has risen from 6.2 per cent of the UK workforce in 2008 to 9.9 per cent in 2012, said:

“Underemployment is the untold story of Britain’s jobs crisis. Under David Cameron, one in ten people are now unable to pick up the hours they need to get by - not including the two and half million locked out of work all together.

“We can’t go on like this. Britain desperately needs action to get our flatlining economy moving again but all David Cameron has delivered is three years of failure, and that’s holding the whole country back.”

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