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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s job figures, said:

“Any increase in employment is welcome, but today’s figures show that hard working Britain is doing anything and everything to battle through this double-dip recession made in Downing Street by David Cameron and George Osborne's failed economic policies.

“Part-time work and self-employment has now hit record highs as British families pull out all the stops to make ends meet.

“It is really worrying to see the soaring long term costs as the number of long term unemployed surges towards the 1 million mark – the highest since the Tories were in Government last time.

“Long term youth unemployment is twice the level of last year and the overall claimant count is 100,000 higher than last year. More worrying for the outlook is that the number of redundancies has surged to 50,000 more than last year and the number of vacancies is down by over 10,000.

“That’s why it was so complacent for the Government to give us a budget that failed to deliver on jobs. People in Britain are fighting through and this Government is failing to lift a finger to help.”

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